According to a new infographic that was released recently, the New Year’s Eve holiday ranks fourth on a list of holidays based on the numbers of alcohol-related accident fatalities that occur during these holidays. According to the infographic, the deadliest alcohol-related holiday is the Fourth of July Holiday, followed by Memorial Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The results were based on an analysis of traffic accident fatalities that occurred during the holiday period between 2007 and 2011. Although New Year’s Eve is ranked fourth based on the actual number of traffic accident fatalities that occurred over the past four years during the holiday period, it also happens to be the holiday period with the highest average percentage of alcohol-related traffic fatalities with a rate of 42%.
The holiday period that resulted in the greatest number of accident fatalities was Thanksgiving, with an average of 444 fatalities during the entire holiday period. However, that holiday doesn’t rank at the top of the list as far as alcohol-related accidents are concerned.
You’ve probably been in a position where you’re driving after having had a few alcoholic beverages. There are a number of ways that you can prevent this from happening. If you are out in a group, designate a driver whose job is to remain sober for the duration of the evening, so that he can drive you home safely. Make sure that this is a trustworthy person, who can be trusted enough to stay away from the alcohol during the evening. If you are out alone, hitch a ride home. Try to make arrangements to stay the night over at your host’s place if possible.