Augusta Free Press

New Year’s Eve among deadliest days on U.S. roadways

As Americans prepare for New Year’s celebrations, AAA Mid-Atlantic is reminding drivers and passengers alike of the dangers on the roads this New Year’s Day, which consistently ranks among the year’s deadliest days for alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2013, which although is a decline of 2.5% from the number of persons killed (10,336) in 2012, is still far too many lives lost from a completely preventable crime,” stated Martha Mitchell Meade, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  In Virginia, The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported 253 drunk driving deaths in 2013, making up 34% of traffic deaths in the Commonwealth, 253 deaths that were completely unnecessary.

To strengthen efforts to protect the public against drunk drivers and reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering important safety advice to New Year’s Eve partygoers:

Visit PreventDUI.AAA.com for impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.  AAA encourages visitors to Take the Pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.