Who is driving drunk in Kansas? Does the risk of an impaired driving accident increase over the holidays? As you get into gear to celebrate the holidays, it's important to remember that many drivers will have one too many before getting behind the wheel. In Kansas, there are a significant number of auto accidents caused by alcohol in the days before and after the major holidays.
Impaired Driving Over the Holidays in Kansas
Law enforcement recorded 42 alcohol-related crashes In the four days surrounding Thanksgiving in 2016. This was 9 more than the Wednesday to Sunday average for the year. Of these accidents, 21 accidents caused personal injuries which was nearly twice the Wednesday to Sunday average. In all, 28 people suffered personal injuries. The data showed a sharp increase over the 31 alcohol related crashes and 14 injuries recorded in 2015.
In the 78 hours surrounding Christmas in 2016, 24 alcohol-related crashes were recorded. This was lower than the Friday to Monday average of 26. Of these, 7 caused injuries which was lower than the weekend average of 10. There was also one alcohol-related fatality recorded in 2016.
New Year's remains the most common, but not most dangerous holiday in Kansas for impaired driving accidents. In 2016, there were 37 alcohol-related accidents over New Year's. This was a significant increase over the Thursday to Sunday average of 28 recorded in 2016. 12 of these accidents caused personal injuries which was higher than the average of 10. In all, these accidents caused 34 personal injuries and one fatality.
General Stats about Drinking and Driving
Over the course of 2016, there were 2,211 alcohol-related accidents in Kansas. These caused 85 fatalities and 1.162 personal injuries. While the rate of fatal alcohol-related accidents has declined from 28.7% in 2013 to 19.9% in 2018, it's still a deadly serious threat.
Data collected by KDOT shows that men are three times more likely to engage in impaired driving than women. This season, stay safe and stay alive by designating a driver whenever you plan to have a drink with your celebrations.
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