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New Year’s Eve Most Dangerous Time For Drunk Driving Crashes

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By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Drunk driving incidents seem to spike around New Year’s Eve.

Jenny Robinson with AAA says New Years Eve is the most dangerous time for drunk driving crashes:

“In Pennsylvania last year, 41 percent of holiday weekend traffic deaths were related to alcohol use, compared to a 33 percent share of the total traffic deaths for the full year.”

She says those are some pretty solid numbers:

“When we looked at the national DUI statistics, we found that the New Year’s holiday consistently ranks as the year’s deadliest day for alcohol-related fatalities.”

So what can you do to stay safe as you celebrate?

“Never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking. Never ride as a passenger with an impaired driver. You can call a taxi, or if you’re in Philadelphia you can take mass transit.”