A recent study found that the end of summer is the most dangerous time of the year, in relation to intoxicated drivers being on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), August is the deadliest month of the year, followed closely by September and July.
As August and September are on the horizon, it may be wise to use extra caution when deciding when to drive after having a drink.
Certain conditions increase risk of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated
Why are more individuals getting DUI arrests or citations, as well as crashing in the summer? These factors may provide insight:
- Holidays: Holidays are a time where alcohol is often consumed in excess, as social drinking is common in the United States. There are also more cars on the road, due to individuals traveling to their families. Both of these increase the risk of drunk driving and drunk crashes. The 4th of July and Thanksgiving are some of the deadliest holidays, and the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve prove to have the highest DUI arrest rates.
- More free time in the summer: With college age students home from school on summer break, there is more opportunity for drinking and driving. Summer vacation also provides opportunities for teens to drink and drive.
If you have a driver’s license and are of legal drinking age, take care on the roads in the upcoming months. Safety of all parties is the highest priority.