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Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researchers at TruckInfo.net discovered a few worrying trends for Thanksgiving travelers.
Despite Uber and Lyft helping to reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by 6.1%, drunk driving remains an issue on Thanksgiving – likely because most rideshare drivers are spending time with their families over the holidays.
~34% of fatalities during Thanksgiving are alcohol-related.
While 2005 to 2009 saw a steady decline in fatalities, there hasn’t been any consistent progress since. Fatalities are actually up nearly 20% when comparing 2020 and 2021 to the two previous years.
While it’s not surprising that metro areas with large populations would also have the most driving fatalities during the holidays, five of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the country are in counties with fewer than half a million residents.
From 2001 to 2021, the following roadways had the most fatalities during the Thanksgiving holidays:
While large states like California, Texas, and Florida have the most total driving fatalities during Thanksgiving, Louisiana has the most fatalities per capita – and by a wide margin.
Fatal accident statistics were sourced from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and population data was sourced from the US Census Bureau. The Thanksgiving holiday period was defined as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through the Sunday afterward. Unless otherwise noted, all fatality statistics are the sum of total fatalities from 2001 to 2021 (the most recent data available) and population data is from 2021.