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Traffic Fatality Estimates Rise for This Year’s Holidays

December 21, 2014

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The National Safety Council released its traffic fatality estimates for the holidays, indicating 366 deaths for the Christmas Day holiday period and 421 deaths for the New Year’s Day holiday period.

Moreover, NSC estimates that another 39,200 injuries requiring medical attention may occur because of car crashes during the Christmas Day holiday period. An estimated 45,000 such injuries may result from collisions during the New Year’s Day holiday period, the group added. 

Seat belts could save an estimated 134 lives during the Christmas Day holiday period and 154 lives during the New Year’s Day holiday period, NSC said.

“The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. “Sadly, we could be facing two especially deadly holiday periods, since each will include a long four-day weekend. Families should take extra precaution on our highways to avoid unnecessary tragedies."

NSC recommends the following tips to stay safe:

  • Buckle up every trip, every time – even when traveling short distances
  • Refrain from using electronic devices – including hands-free – behind the wheel.
  • Secure children in size-appropriate restraints.
  • Do not drink and drive, as impairment begins with the first drink. If you drink, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation.
  • Plan ahead and drive defensively, especially during bad weather.
  • Never drive when you are tired. Get plenty of sleep before your trip and plan regular stops.

The Christmas Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. The New Year’s Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. 

Evaluation of Recent Christmas Day Holiday Period Estimates

YEAR

NO. OF DAYS

ESTIMATE

90% CONFIDENCE INTERVAL

ACTUAL

2008

4.25

432

371-500

409

2009

3.25

317

253-388

248

2010

3.25

303

233-384

249

2011

3.25

287

220-365

256

2012

4.25

377

320-441

351

Evaluation of Recent New Year's Day Holiday Period Estimates

YEAR

NO. OF DAYS

ESTIMATE

90% CONFIDENCE INTERVAL

ACTUAL

2008

4.25

498

447-555

407

2009

4.25

445

394-502

458

2010

3.25

301

260-347

286

2011

3.25

308

259-364

304

2012

3.25

297

249-353

348

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