Dangers of Driving Drunk

by Ashley Zilka on December 28, 2010 at 5:28 am

New Year’s is right around the corner and that means so are the dangers of this holiday.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed data from 2000 to 2009 and found that an average of 80 people a year are killed in alcohol related crashes on New Year’s Day.  The data also reveals that the number of people killed in alcohol related crashes dramatically increase around New Year’s. 

"New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous seasons of the year to be driving with drunk drivers. People tend to party more on New Year’s Eve and they don’t really think about getting on the highways or don’t think about how they are going to get home when they do arrive at a party," said AAA Sales Manager Rhoda Collins. 

The last time the holiday fell on a Saturday was back in 2005 where 98 people died in alcohol related crashes that day.  Collin says the best advice she can give is if you are going to drive…don’t drink.

"Instead of driving, have a designated driver with you at all times or make arrangements to stay over if you are going to attend a party so you can be off the highways when you are drinking," said Collins. 

AAA urges motorists to drive responsibly this holiday.  Motorists can visit TAKETHEPLEDGE.AAA.COM to sign an online pledge to drive drug and alcohol free this holiday season and all year long.