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Memorial Day Travel is dangerous…

Posted by Nathan Webb | Jan 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

As you venture out for your holiday travel this weekend, remember that Memorial Day is a busy DUI weekend. Let's be safe out there.

The holidays are a dangerous time to be on the road, and the Memorial Day weekend proves to be one of the deadliest. Every year, hundreds of Americans die as a result of alcohol-related car crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been tracking car-crash statistics for a quarter of a century. In 2010 (the most recent data available), 397 people died in crashes over the Memorial Day weekend.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious risk. Aside from being irresponsible on the road, impaired driving carries serious insurance consequences. If your insurer discovers you've been convicted of a DUI, your car insurance rates will likely increase or your policy may be canceled or not renewed.

When people think of a deadly holiday, they generally associate it with New Year's Day. While that weekend is deadly, other holidays are just as dangerous. The statistics vary annually based on which day of the week the holiday falls. For example, some holidays have a four-day weekend, while others take place during only three days — and some holidays vary in length from year to year.

Holiday car crashes in 2010
Holiday
Fatalities
Memorial Day (three-day period)
397 deaths (40% alcohol-related)
Fourth of July (three-day period)
392 deaths (39% alcohol-related)
Labor Day (three-day period)
403 deaths (36% alcohol-related)
New Year's Day (three-day period)
297 deaths (48% alcohol-related)
Thanksgiving (three-day period)
431 deaths (40% alcohol-related)
Christmas (three-day period)
259 deaths (37% alcohol-related)
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Drunk driving is a major threat to public safety, and many states continue to work to get intoxicated drivers off the highways. NHTSA reports that in 2010 more than 10,000 people in the United States died in alcohol-impaired car crashes, or one every 51 minutes.

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Nathan Webb

Nathan "Nate" Webb has been repeatedly recognized by Washington Law and Politics Magazine as a Super Lawyer Rising Star, named one of Seattle's Top Attorneys by Seattle Met Magazine and is rated Superb (perfect 10 out of 10) by Avvo.com.

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