Holiday Travel and Deadly Traffic Accidents

Holiday Travel and Deadly Traffic Accidents

While caught up in the excitement of traveling during the holidays – even if it just around town – many people don’t realize that they are at an increased risk of being in an accident. Sadly, holidays are a time of not only increased traffic on Utah roads and highways, but also a greater number of impaired, distracted, impatient, or aggressive drivers; all of which lead to an increase in fatalities. The Utah Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office maintains statistics concerning holiday fatalities on Utah roads. Historically, some holidays are deadlier than others, and the statistics might surprise you. Utah law enforcement officers also step up their surveillance on big holidays and weekends, as they look for drowsy, drunk, or distracted drivers. These drivers are especially at risk for causing an accident, and you should be alert for them too. Eight Deadliest Holidays in Utah If you are out on the roads during one of these holidays, pay extra attention to the road and other drivers because these are the most dangerous holidays in Utah. Overall, the death rate per day for holidays is 1.2, compared to 0.8 for a regular day. Data below was collected over a 10 year period (1997-2006)1. Pioneer Day July 24th (1.6 deaths per day) Independence Day July 4th (1.5 deaths per day) Memorial Day (1.3 deaths per day) Thanksgiving (1.2 deaths per day) Labor Day (1.1 deaths per day) Halloween (1.1 deaths per day) Christmas (1.0 deaths per day) New Years (.06 deaths per day) Warm weather means road danger In addition to holidays, summer months in Utah can also be...