Traffic accidents during and around major holidays continues to be a major concern, due to many factors, including increased traffic and the likelihood of increased driving while intoxicated.
The Chicago Tribune, in a June 30, 2016 article titled “July 4 weekend traffic deaths seen jumping to highest since 2008” features a Bloomberg article that discusses why this July 4 weekend is expected to have a higher number of fatal traffic accidents than in recent years.
A couple of notable excerpts from the article include:
There will be 466 deaths from Friday evening through Monday, according to a projection from the National Safety Council. That’s an average of about 143 per 24 hours, compared with 107 in 2014 and an estimated 126 last year.
Car accidents have been climbing recently, reversing a years-long trend that had been credited to improved technology in cars and increased awareness of the risks of drunk driving. Another reason for the decline was that the economic slump that started in 2008 discouraged many people from traveling.
On average, July 4 was the deadliest day on the road from 2010 through 2014, followed by Jan. 1, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In Florida, Independence Day fatalities increased last year to 15 from 3, according to Sgt. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the state’s highway patrol.
Additional details can be seen in the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the sources mentioned within the article.