Those who are under the influence of alcohol are among the most likely to become involved in a fatal crash. A recent study showed that the rate of fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers increased by 14.3 percent from 2019 to 2020. In addition, the number of deaths from drunk driving increased significantly in certain age groups, including Millennials.
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According to new federal data, DUI fatalities increased by 14.3 percent from the previous year in the United States. This is the highest rate since 2008 and is the deadliest year in over a decade. Sadly, Kentucky was not spared. It was ranked seventh among states for the largest increase in DUI fatalities from the previous year.
The CDC reports that alcohol-impaired driving fatalities will be responsible for nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States in 2020. That means that one alcohol-impaired driver will be involved in a fatal crash every 45 minutes. In addition, the most common age group involved in alcohol-related crashes is the twenty-four to thirty-four-year-old demographic. Also, there will be 3.1 times more alcohol-impaired drivers per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled.
A study by Beer Canada’s Partners for Safer Communities found that Canadian Millennials ages 18 to 34 are the most responsible age group when it comes to drinking and driving. More than eight in ten millennials of legal drinking age admitted to having served as designated drivers in the last three years. This is higher than the percentages for Gen X’ers and Boomers.
The ValuePenguin survey used a sample of 1,023 adults aged 21 and over. The survey included millennials and baby boomers as well as Gen Xs and Gen Zs. The survey also included the silent generation, but the responses were not included in the generation breakdowns.
According to MoneyGeek’s analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), winter will be the least dangerous season for drunk driving accidents in 2021, with winter driving causing a mere 28% of DUI-related fatal accidents. But there are other seasonal dangers on the road. For example, New Year’s Day is a particularly dangerous day, with 61% of fatal DUIs occurring during this time of year.
The statistics are alarming, but don’t let them scare you. It is still important to drive carefully and pay attention to road conditions, especially when roads are wet or slippery. And of course, always obey all traffic signs and wear a seat belt when you’re behind the wheel.
Almost a quarter of fatal crashes in the United States are due to drunk drivers. Statistically, the most dangerous days for drunk driving are the Fourth of July and New Year’s Day. Historically, New Year’s Day is associated with two times as many drunk driving deaths as the Fourth of July. Regardless of the holidays, it is important to remember that alcohol is a significant factor in these crashes. A driver should only drink alcohol after careful thought to avoid driving under the influence.
Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the chances of drinking and driving on New Year’s Day. First, plan your trip. Many people plan to go out on this holiday with friends and family. By making transportation arrangements in advance and calling an Uber, they are less likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash.