Why is There an Increase in Traffic Accidents on New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve (NYE) is a time for celebration. Cities all over the United States host NYE events bringing thousands of people together to ring in the new year. And while celebrating with friends and family is a great deal of fun, it can also have disastrous consequences. One prime example is the fact that on NYE, traffic accident rates increase in many parts of the U.S.

Why is There an Increase in Traffic Accidents on NYE?

There are a few reasons why traffic accidents are increased on NYE. These reasons include:

It’s a Holiday

No matter how you look at it, holidays mean that more people are on the road. Sometimes it is because of travel plans, shopping, or special events. Any time there is a spike in the number of cars on the road, there will inevitably be a spike in the number of traffic accidents.

Alcohol Consumption

Another cause for the increase in traffic accidents is the increase in alcohol consumption at NYE events. According to various sources, alcohol-related traffic accidents increase between 50-70 percent on NYE. Between 2011 and 2015, there were an average of 245 fatal traffic accidents on NYE weekend.

Tips for Staying Safe on NYE

If you plan to go out on NYE, avoid the factors that could increase risk of being in a traffic accident by following these tips:

  • Have a designated driver
  • If you are traveling for an event, make plans to stay with family or friends.
  • Never get in a car with an intoxicated driver.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, call a friend, family member, or taxi.
  • If you see an impaired driver, call police to report it.

If you are involved in a traffic accident, use good sense and follow appropriate procedures to report it, get medical attention, and contact your insurance.