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ALCOHOL PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN HOLIDAY WEEKEND FATALITIES

Posted on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 1:57 pm    

Each year around the Holidays, including Labor Day, police use special patrols and check points to help deter motorists from drinking and driving. According to a recent article in the LNP, there is good statistical support for this extra effort by the police at Holidays.

According to data compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, crashes, especially fatal ones, occurring during Holiday periods are far more likely to involve alcohol. In 2015, for the year as a whole, roughly 8% of crashes involved alcohol. However, that percent jumped to 15% over Holiday periods. And the jump in fatalities related to alcohol is even more significant for Holiday periods. Data for the 2015 year shows that those deaths that were related to alcohol for the year was 29%, but this percentage jumped to 48% for Holiday periods.

The percentage was even higher for the Labor Day weekend reaching a remarkable 57% of highway deaths being alcohol related. In 2015, there were 119 alcohol related crashes and 8 alcohol related fatalities over the Labor Day weekend.

The LNP article noted that in recent years, police have been increasing their effort in looking for drivers under the influence of drugs since they know that this is a growing problem.

Source: An article appearing at LNP on August 22, 2016 entitled “Data Supports Need for Holiday DUI Checks” by Tim Buckwalter.