With the 2020 holiday season here, experts anticipate that air travel will be decreased because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Even though the overall number of holiday travelers is expected to be down, Georgia roads will continue to be busy. Some people choosing to travel will drive instead of flying. An increase in fatal Georgia accidents on the roads and highways is not expected just because of the Corona Virus. Statistically, fatal Georgia accidents involving cars and trucks increase during the holiday season.
An article in the Albany Herald reports that “around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, the rate of fatal car accidents increases by more than 10 percent.” The article cites data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This data also states that fatal Georgia accidents and fatal accidents in others states also increase during other holidays.
Annual celebrations such as Memorial Day and the 4th of July are unfortunately even more dangerous than winter holidays. With many people traveling during these long holiday weekends (summer and winter) it is not uncommon to see alcohol involved in fatal car accidents. This year the National Safety Council estimates that New Year’s related travel could result in as many as 163 fatalities. The Herald article cites that 42 percent of fatal New Year’s travel accidents can be attributed to intoxicated drivers.
The substantial increase in fatal car accidents nationally during the winter holidays tells one story. This 10 percent increase in fatal holiday accidents is significant. However, when looking at the data in every single state there are other interesting findings. CoPilot, a company known for its car purchasing app did a study that shows the states with the largest increase in fatal vehicle crashes during the holidays. They analyzed NHTSA data from 2004 to 2018. They calculated the increases in fatal vehicle crashes by comparing the data from holiday periods to non-holiday periods.
The most surprising revelation in the study is that most significant increases in fatal vehicle accidents during the holidays occurs in places with low population densities. Places with low population densities record low daily numbers of fatal accidents. But they see a significant increase in fatal accidents in the holidays seasons.
The state with most significant increase in fatal crashes during the holidays is Alaska. It averages less than one vehicle fatality during periods outside of the holidays. However, during holidays Alaska has a 72 percent increase in fatal accidents. Consequently, the holidays account for 8 percent of the annual fatal crashes there.
States with Increased Holiday Fatality Accidents
The Georgia data shows that Georgia is not in the top 20 states for increased holiday fatal accidents. Data in the study includes the percentage of increase in fatal holiday accidents, the most dangerous day for road travel and the share of all fatal crashes that occur on holidays. Additional data includes average fatal crashes per day on holidays and average fatal crashes per day on non-holidays. Here are the top 20 states listed in the study followed by GA and overall U.S. data:
18. Rhode Island
17. West Virginia
16. New Hampshire
13. New Jersey
6. South Dakota
*Fatal Georgia accidents increase by 23 percent during the holidays. 6 percent of Georgia’s annual motor vehicle related accident fatalities occur during the holidays. The most dangerous holiday for road travel in the state is the Fourth of July. Also, there are 4.40 average fatal crashes on holidays. There is a decline on average fatal Georgia accidents on non-holidays. That total is 3.58. Lastly, holiday fatal accidents in Georgia account for 6.0 percent of the annual total of fatal accidents.
*For the entire United States, there is an average 30.2 percent increase in fatal accidents on holidays. The most dangerous travel day in the United States is the Fourth of July. Fatal crashes during the holidays account for 6.3 percent of the total fatal accidents in the U.S. every year. There are 118.49 average fatal crashes per day on holidays in the U.S. and 91.02 on non-holidays.
*It is unclear whether to credit CoPilot or the Albany Herald article for this breakdown of Georgia’s Statistics and the overall U.S. stats.
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