New Year’s Day ranks as the highest for fatalities due to drinking driving

New Year's Day ranks as the highest for fatalities due to drinking drivingRinging in the New Year is a tradition for many people, and part of that tradition involves having a glass or two of bubbly or a drink out with friends at a party or social gathering. But New Year’s Day ranks as the highest for fatalities due to drinking driving – higher than any other day of the year.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, Thanksgiving kicks off the most dangerous time of the year for traffic fatalities due to drinking drivers. In 2009 alone there were 187 alcohol-impaired fatalities on New Year’s Day alone, making up 40% of the total alcohol related fatalities for the year.

This New Year’s Eve you can still get into the Holiday spirit and stay safe by finding a safe and sober ride home from wherever you are.  Ask a friend, family member, or hire a cab or car service – whatever you do, stay off the roads and out from behind the wheel if you plan to drink on New Years.