New Year’s Eve is celebrated by millions of people around the globe, and it’s almost here. Amidst the celebrations and parties for the new year, unfortunately, accidents are expected to rise with celebrations. In this article, we’ll go over the Tennessee New Year’s Eve car accident statistics and how to stay safe during the holiday.
Alcohol-Related Car Accident Statistics
Did you know that people are 2 to 3 times more likely to die in alcohol-related crashes during the holidays than the rest of the year according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism? If that’s not enough to concern you, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 408 people may die on U.S. roads this New Year’s Day.
While some people may stay home during the New Year celebration, the NSC notes that many who travel for New Year’s Day will travel by car. Given the increased alcohol consumption during New Year’s Eve celebrations, it’s no wonder that drunk driving accidents are significantly more likely to occur.
The NSC estimates that there will be between 333 to 490 traffic deaths during the 2023 New Year’s holiday period. In 2022, 49% of all fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
How To Drive Safely During New Years Celebrations
It is always important to make a plan on New Year’s Eve, so you know what to expect. The safest course of action is to remain in the security of your own home. However, if you intend to consume alcohol while out and about, arrange for a designated driver. You can always decide on a designated driver among your friends so that you will know who will take you home safely.
Drive With Precaution
Drive cautiously if you choose to do go out. Driving on New Year’s Day is most hazardous right after midnight, between one and three in the morning. It is advisable to prepare for everything when driving late at night, even if you live close to your destination. To guarantee a safe travel home, make sure to put an end to all distracting activities in the car, such as using your phone, listening to music that is too loud, and having distracting discussions.
Celebrating the new year should be a fun experience, but you should do so responsibly. We hope these Tennessee New Year’s Eve car accident statistics has given you insight into the dangers of unsafe driving. At Stillman and Friedland, we wish you a wonderful holiday season with meaningful connections with family and friends. Enjoy the rest of 2022, and we hope you make fond memories, all while staying safe with your loved ones.
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