The Season Trifecta: Which Holiday is the Worst for Louisana Drivers?
Louisiana is considered the nation’s most dangerous state for out-of-state drivers, according to a study by the American Automobile Association. A total of 2,238 out-of-state drivers died this past year on Louisiana highways.
With this in mind, there are some startling statistics that drivers need to know about when making their holiday travel plans. The holidays are a time when many get to relax with loved ones, so it is easy to put our guard down and not think so much about the increase in rates of car crashes, injuries, and fatalities that take place during these months. However, you must stay diligent in your safe driving practices, regardless of the time of year.
A night that turns whole neighborhoods into candy stores for children must have a little fun for the adults too. For many, Halloween doesn't just involve costumes, scary movies, or a feast of cavity-inducing treats.
Alcohol tends to be a major part of many parties, but occasionally it causes frightening drunk driving statistics:
- 44% of national fatal crashes during Halloween weekend involved a driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
- 38% of fatal crashes that occurred on Halloween night involved a driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
- 23% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night included a drunk driver.
Drivers are 33% more likely to be involved in a collision with an animal on Black Friday.
Thanksgiving tips you need to know are:
- Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk, the times you’re most likely to encounter a deer.
- If there is no oncoming traffic, turn your high beam headlights on for better visibility (if weather permits
- Avoid the roads by shopping online on Cyber Monday.
Drivers are 22% more likely to be involved in an accident on Christmas Eve. In fact, more accidents occur on Christmas Eve than any other holiday throughout the season!
Helpful Christmas safety tips include things like:
- If you have to be on the roads, allow for extra travel time so you’re not rushed.
- Check the forecast before you leave in case you need to make a contingency plan for winter weather.
- For last-minute shopping trips, park in a space that’s an appropriate size and that you can pull in and out of easily.
Who Can You Turn To?
If you’re out celebrating, park in a safe, well-lit area and lock your vehicle.
Take your keys and valuables with you – don’t leave them in your car.
Don’t drink and drive! Assign a designated driver or call a cab or ride-share service to get you home.
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