This probably won’t come as a surprise to most people, but New Year’s Day (January 1st) is the worst day of the year for drunk driving in the United States, according to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute reviewed and averaged statistics from the federal government for 2005-2009 and found that about half the fatal crashes that occur on January 1st involve a driver that is considered legally drunk. In most states, this means a driver with a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.08.
The Fourth of July came in second with 42 percent of the fatal crashes involving a drunk driver, and St. Patrick’s Day in third with 40 percent.
The analysis also found that New Year’s Day is the most dangerous day for pedestrians with an average of 22 deaths per year.
For all of you that will be ringing in the new year with a few drinks, make sure you setup a safe, reliable way to get home ahead of time. Or, if you can, party in a place where you can spend the night. Just because you’re doing the right thing doesn’t mean other drivers are.
Also, if you’re the designated driver this year, make sure your auto insurance policy is up-to-date so, if something does happen, you’ll be covered.
Happy New Year’s from Burkhart Insurance Agency!