Dangers of New Year’s Driving
Based on recent studies, New Year’s Day has been one of the most dangerous days for Florida Drivers. These accidents occur in the early morning hours of the day – when people are leaving New Year’s Eve celebrations, after drinking and most likely after they have hit a wall of drowsiness. The combination makes for the worst kind of driver.
According to data from the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, more than 11 fatal crashes happen on New Year’s Day for the past 3 years. The average day has only 7 fatal crashes, and there are none over 13.
Midnight to 3 a.m. is the most dangerous time to be driving on January 1, while 6-9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve is the worst time to drive on that day.”MADD” Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced a campaign with Uber to encourage popel to find a safe ride BEFORE they get drunk. This is such a simple step to take, but many still don’t.
Combating Drunk Driving on New Year’s
According to the National Institute of Health, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the percent of crashes that involve alcohol rise. But we want everyone to continue to be reminded that it EASILY doesn’t have to be this way. Stay where you are if you are drinking. If you can’t, call an Uber or Lyft. Phone died? Borrow one and call someone you know to pick you up. Don’t have anyone? Call 411 and ask to be connected to a cab company. There are ZERO excuses for driving drunk.
In any case, the Florida Highway Patrol will increase its presence on highways and major roads through January 1. AAA will also provide FREE towing to anyone who calls; even those without AAA. We hope you have a happy, healthy and SAFE New Year’s!