Date Posted: June 5, 2021
The Most Dangerous Holidays for Drivers
According to the U.S. DOT, holidays are often the deadliest days to be behind the wheel. Holidays have a higher risk because more drivers are under the influence of alcohol and cause fatal crashes.
1) Thanksgiving Day
- 417 Fatalities in 2019
- 517 Average annual fatalities since 1990
2) Independence Day
- 515 Fatalities in 2019
- 482 Average annual fatalities since 1990
3) Labor Day
- 451 Fatalities in 2019
- 476 Average annual fatalities since 1990
4) Memorial Day
- 465 Fatalities in 2019
- 464 Average annual fatalities since 1990
5) New Years Day
- 437 Fatalities in 2019
- 381 Average annual fatalities since 1990
6) Christmas Day
- 140 Fatalities in 2019
- 364 Average annual fatalities since 1990
It’s important to stay safe during holiday travel and every day you’re behind the wheel. Protect yourself and your passengers by planning a safe ride home and always wear a seat belt. If you witness an impaired driver, contact your local law enforcement.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report (2021).