The National Safety Council (NSC) has estimated that 115 people may die on U.S. roads this Christmas Day. Generally speaking, traffic accidents increase on holidays because there are more people traveling on the roads to visit with family and friends. (If people are close enough to drive – say within four hours – they are likely to choose traveling by motor vehicle). On top of this, more people consume alcohol on holidays as they gather to celebrate with loved ones. Increased road traffic and drunk drivers are two of the biggest contributors to traffic accidents.
Because Christmas Day 2019 falls on a Wednesday, the holiday period will last 1.25 days, between 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 24 and 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 25. Most years, the Christmas holiday period lasts longer because it gets combined with a weekend. Years with an extended holiday period, come with the risk for more traffic fatalities.Read More