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Drunk Driving During the Holidays

A report by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that between 2001 and 2005, an average of 36 fatalities related to drunk driving occurred each day. The number varied depending on times during the year.

Which Nights are More Dangerous

Research shows that the number of fatalities related to drunk driving rose dramatically on summer and holiday nights. For instance, during the Christmas period, about 45 deaths occurred each night. However, the number of deaths rose to 54 in the period towards New Year. 

Summer makes up 29% of drunk driving-related deaths, with most of the accidents occurring at night. It is followed by fall, then winter.

The night before and after New Year’s Day is the deadliest night as far as drunk driving is concerned. Unlike other holidays where celebrations occur during the day, accidents on New Year’s Day majorly happen at night. 

Other holidays that have rates of drunk driving fatalities include Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, and Memorial Day.

About 23.82% of drunk driving fatalities occur on Saturday. Saturday is closely followed by Sunday, while Tuesday has the lowest number of deaths. Most accidents on Saturday and Sunday occur past midnight.

The legal professionals at Robert J. Debry & Associates have a personal injury attorney who can talk to you about your legal rights, who’s at fault, help you file legal paperwork for a lawsuit, and advise you of how much compensation your drunk driving accident is worth. To contact a personal injury attorney, visit or call (801) 699-9999.

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