Memorial Day: A Dangerous Holiday

Memorial Day is Within the Top 6 Most Dangerous Holidays of the Year

Holidays are always an exciting time of the year to look forward to. You get to take a break from your everyday responsibilities like school or work. Many holidays are a means of relaxation or celebration with your closest relatives or friends. While these special times are exciting, we often don’t consider the dangers they may cause. Most people typically make plans to travel during the holidays. With Memorial Day around the corner, it’s essential to know the risks that take place while traveling during the holidays. Memorial Day is considered a dangerous holiday of the year. A recent article by CNN discusses the dangers of traveling during this time of year and what makes Memorial Day a dangerous holiday.

What Are the Risks?

Memorial Day is considered the fourth most dangerous holiday of the year. The top six consist of Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Day. The National Safety Council estimates that 439 Americans will be killed and another 46,300 will be seriously injured on the road this Memorial Day weekend. Why are fatalities so high on the holidays? There are a few reasons to consider. One of the main reasons holidays are so dangerous is because of the increase in people on the road. More drivers equal more traffic fatalities. It’s also important to take into account alcohol consumption during the holidays. More people are more than likely having a few drinks to enjoy themselves. If they are traveling this can result in reckless driving which ultimately leads to an increase in fatalities.

I’m sure many of you would have assumed that Christmas Day or New Year’s Day would be at the top of the list for being a dangerous holiday. According to The National Safety Council, traffic fatalities is usually at its lowest throughout the winter seasons. During bad winter months, a lot of people try not to drive. The number of traffic fatalities drastically increases as temperatures rise. Over the past two years, The National Safety Council has seen an 8 percent increase in the number of traffic fatalities.

If you’re traveling on a holiday that is considered a dangerous holiday of the year, I urge you to be safe while driving and to never drink and drive.

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