Summer months bring humidity and warm weather to residents of Florida. Unfortunately, when the temperature spikes, so do drunk driving rates, putting drivers and pedestrians at risk. Teenagers out of school spend more time on the road during summer than at any other time of year, and careless alcohol consumption often has severe consequences.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Drunk Driving Statistics During Summer:
Most Dangerous Months
Statistically, the most dangerous months of the year are June, July, and August. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (pulling data from 2011-2016), nearly 10 people die every day during the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Known as the “100 deadliest days” of summer, these months pose a particular threat to teens between 16 and 19 years old.
Most Dangerous Holidays
Drunk driving crash rates spike during certain holidays. These include Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Because these holidays often involve barbecues and parties that run late into the night, the risk of drunk driving rises, particularly among teenagers. The combination of drinking alcohol and driving after dark often leads to high accident rates.
What You Need to Do to Stay Safe
Knowing the increased risk of drunk driving during summer holidays, you can take steps to stay safe. Practice defensive driving, and be aware of others on the road, especially at night. If you drink at a party, have someone else drive you home or take a cab, an Uber, or any of the many ride-sharing services. Because so many people are on the road for vacations and road trips during summer, it is important to use caution while driving, and to never drink and drive.
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