UA STUDY REVEALS MORE CRASHES HAPPEN DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING
We all know the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, especially on the roadways. But did you know the most dangerous days to be on the road are the days just before Thanksgiving?
According to a recent study of traffic data by the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety, there was a daily average of 460 automobile crashes on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week last year in Alabama.
That’s over 50 more crashes than an average day.
The study, based on information provided by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), credits the uptick in crashes to the increase in traffic, traveling after sunset, deer and alcohol.
Rhonda Stricklin with the UA Center for Advanced Public Safety says the best day to be on the road is Thanksgiving, since fewer people travel that day. The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are considerably better than those before it. However, many people come back from the holiday on Sunday, which makes it higher than expected that day.