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As the season continues to build up, it’s important to recollect that this point of the year is especially risky for driving. That’s why December has been officially designated Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month.

During the Christmas holidays, alcohol-impaired fatalities in 2018 comprised 37 percent of total traffic fatalities, compared to 29 percent total for all times of the year. In total, there are quite 750 fatalities in December thanks to drunk driving, consistent with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

According to National Safety Council, the typical number of traffic deaths during New Year’s Day over the last five holidays is nearly 68 percent greater than the typical number of traffic deaths during non-holiday periods, with 175 deaths compared to the standard 104 deaths.

Drunk driving isn’t the sole reason people get into dangerous accidents during vacations. Extreme weather also can contribute to risks during the blustery winter season, including snow, black ice, high winds, and hail. Fatigued and stressed driving is additionally a problem during vacations, with individuals potentially traveling further than they typically do. And in 2020, anxiety associated with the coronavirus pandemic may make these stress-related issues worse.

With this in mind, it’s important to recollect some tips to stay safe while driving during the vacation season, including:

Drive defensively by taking precautions while driving, paying close attention to the cars around you. albeit you’re not drinking or driving recklessly, others could also be.
Do not drive if you’re drinking, ensuring you’ve got safe, sober transportation, no matter how far you’re traveling.
Plan for inclement weather by checking weather forecasts and changing your plans if necessary.
Remember: vacations are often a busy and stressful time for people, but that’s no reason to let your guard down while driving.

For more safe driving tips inspect this Triple-I video.

Updated: July 19, 2021 — 4:29 am

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