WJTV News Channel 12 recently reported on the fatal crashes happening across Mississippi during the month of December. Already, from December 12 to December 14, there have been 11 possible crash deaths, which is 8 more than this time last year. The holiday season is notorious for an increase in deadly and injury-causing crashes across the country. Not only are there more commuters and travelers on the roadways, more people are having holiday celebrations with alcohol this time of the year. It’s a dangerous mix, which means that the roadways are not as safe as they are during other times of the year.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Local and state law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their efforts to catch drunk drivers this season. In addition to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national ad campaigns, additional officers will be dispatched over the holidays to increase visibility and enhance enforcement.
The Facts on DUI’s and Crash Fatalities
• During the 2012 holiday season (December 12-31), 1,698 people were killed in crashes across the U.S.
• Nearly a third of those fatalities occurred in drunk driving related wrecks.
• On Christmas day in 2012, 26 people were killed by impaired drivers.
• In December of 2012, 830 people were killed by drunk drivers.
• In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S.