Most Dangerous Time for Drivers? Midnight to Three A.M., Says New Report
A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that most drunk driving accidents, 55%, occur between midnight and 3 a.m. With three out of four fatalities involving alcohol-impaired driving, midnight to 3 a.m. is also the most deadly. The second and third highest rate of alcohol-related crashes occurs in the three hours before midnight and after 3 a.m. Most drunk drivers were males between 21 and 24 years of age.
While drunk driving accounted for 33% of fatal crashes in 2009, the rate of fatalities increased to near 67% between midnight and 3 a.m. The timing coincides with typical bar closing times. The rate of drunk driving decreases 76% after 6 a.m. and until 9 a.m., the standard morning rush hour.
Young men may have the highest concentration of drunk driving, but the report showed drunken driving included women and occurred across all age groups, including ages 75 and up. The report also revealed that motorcyclists were the most likely to be impaired (29%) and large-truck drivers to be the least (2%).
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