Most Pennsylvania residents expect to be safe while driving. Unfortunately, drunk drivers can put a damper on those expectations. These are some of the most dangerous days for impaired driving.
Deaths due to DUI
It’s expected that for the entirety of 2022, more than 10,000 deaths will occur from driving under the influence. As a scary statistic, DUI fatalities have increased by 8% per year over the past five years.
What are the deadliest days for DUI?
Although DUI accidents and arrests happen all year long, they are more likely to happen on certain days and during certain seasons. Summer ranks as the worst season to be out driving as more people are drinking and likely to get behind the wheel while drunk. Around 28% of all DUI-related deaths are projected to occur in the summer of 2022, with over 2,900 fatalities compared to over 2,600 during the spring.
Holidays account for the time when more fatal car accidents caused by alcohol occur. In spite of being a winter holiday, New Year’s Eve is the worst holiday in terms of DUI car accidents happening. People are out to celebrate the coming new year and have a few drinks, leading to intoxicated drivers.
Following New Year’s Eve, the 4th of July is the second-most dangerous holiday of the year for fatal accidents due to DUI. Over that holiday weekend, there is a 78% higher chance of getting into a serious crash with a driver under the influence of alcohol.
Saturdays have been the worst day for DUI accidents. By contrast, Tuesday is considered the safest day of the week for driving with the fewest amount of intoxicated drivers on the roads. Most DUI accidents also occur past midnight.
A DUI conviction can change your life. Be smart, and if you have had too much to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.