The holidays can be a lot of fun. You get to see friends and family, share food, maybe drink a few adult beverages and have a good time. However, while you or another driver may have abstained because of driving responsibilities, it does change the fact that summer holidays like Memorial Day are a dangerous time to be on the road.
Memorial Day tops the list
Drivers and passengers are four times more likely to die on this three-day holiday weekend than a regular weekend. According to CBS News and Valuepenguin website, Memorial Day led the holidays between 2011-2015 with an average of 312 fatal accidents per year. This is compared to Labor Day with 308 deaths and July 4th holiday with 307 deaths, although the actual July 4th has the highest average day of the year.
This may come as a surprise to some: Big winter holidays like Christmas (231 deaths), New Years (245 deaths) were lowest with Thanksgiving in the middle with (258). Perhaps this is due to the heightened emphasis put on year-end holiday ads and campaigns.
The big take away
The fact is that the holidays are always a dangerous time to travel. This is due to the increased traffic with people traveling an average of 50 miles over Memorial Day weekend. Of course, it’s also important to remember that drinking and driving can lead to an OUI or, worse, a fatality.
The law enforcement here in Worcester and elsewhere are well aware of the above statistics. If you are pulled over on suspicion of drinking of driving, it is wise to contact an attorney. These charges come with serious penalties that can include loss of driving privileges, jail time as well as fines.