Report finds Michigan roads more dangerous during holidays

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) With air travel still suppressed in the wake of COVID-19, those making holiday travel plans will likely be traveling by car. While reduced public air travel helps to prevent the spread of the virus, increased road travel raises the risk for accidents and road fatalities, making holidays a particularly dangerous time to travel.

Around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, the rate of fatal car accidents increases by over 10 percent. Around other holidays, the frequency of fatal crashes rises even further. Days near summer holidays tend to be the most dangerous, especially around the Fourth of July. This holiday period averages nearly 140 fatal crashes per day, a 54 percent rise above non-holiday rates.

In addition to busier roads, the holiday season is also associated with increased drunk driving. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that drunk driving is particularly prevalent during the New Years holiday, as 42 percent of fatal crashes during this holiday period involve a driver over the legal limit. By comparison, 30 percent of fatal crashes during non-holiday periods involve drunk drivers.

To profile the states with the largest increase in fatal vehicle crashes during holiday periods, researchers at CoPilot analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over a 15-year period (2004 to 2018). Increases in fatal vehicle crashes during holiday periods were calculated by comparing holiday periods to non-holiday periods. Researchers also highlighted which specific holiday periods were most susceptible to fatal vehicle crashes in each state.

The analysis found that in Michigan, fatal crashes increase by 29.8% during holidays. In fact, 6.3% of all fatal crashes in Michigan occur during holidays. Here is a summary of the data for Michigan:

  • Increase in fatal crashes on holidays: 29.8%
  • Most dangerous holiday for road travel: Fourth of July
  • Average fatal crashes per day on holidays: 3.23
  • Average fatal crashes per day on non-holidays: 2.49
  • Share of all fatal crashes occurring on holidays: 6.3%

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Increase in fatal crashes on holidays: 30.2%
  • Most dangerous holiday for road travel: Fourth of July
  • Average fatal crashes per day on holidays: 118.49
  • Average fatal crashes per day on non-holidays: 91.02
  • Share of all fatal crashes occurring on holidays: 6.3%

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on CoPilot’s website: https://www.copilotsearch.com/posts/states-with-biggest-increase-in-holiday-road-fatalities/

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