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Crash Stats Paint a Grim Holiday Picture for Some
Date:11/21/2012

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There was good news in the study. Nationally, the number of traffic deaths fell 25 percent between 2005 and 2010, and fatal crashes during Thanksgiving week decreased by almost 31 percent.

In Alabama last year, speed was twice as likely to be listed as the primary factor in crashes during Thanksgiving week as in other weeks of the year. The report also found that drunk driving accounted for at least six of the 17 fatal crashes during Thanksgiving week. Weather also played a role, with 67 percent of Thanksgiving week crashes occurring in rain or on wet roads.

The number of collisions with deer in Alabama was 25 percent higher during Thanksgiving week than during other weeks of the year.

The researchers also offered some Thanksgiving driving safety tips:

  • Don't drink and drive, and don't ride with anyone who has consumed any alcohol or drugs. You can reduce your risk from impaired drivers by avoiding driving in the late night and early morning hours.
  • Monitor the weather, and try to avoid driving when there is decreased visibility or wet pavement, especially when coupled with darkness. If caught in a heavy storm, take a break from driving until the storm passes.
  • Plan your trips so you do most of your driving in daylight.
  • If you're driving in rural areas, watch for deer, especially at dusk.
  • Don't talk on your cell phone or text while driving. Delegate such activities to a passenger.
  • Observe the speed limit, and make sure everyone wears their seat belts.

More information

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more about driving safety.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Alabama, news release, Nov. 19, 2012


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