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Holiday Travel: Busy, Expensive, and Potentially Dangerous

It’s the holiday season. That means home cooked meals, houses dressed in bright lights, and LOTS of traveling. During this time, more people than usual are on the roads: holiday shopping, family trips, and other festive celebrations keep people constantly on-the-go. About 48,700,000 people travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, and about 100,500,000 on Christmas and New Year’s. With that many people on the road, there are bound to be some accidents.

Every year, hundreds of people die in fatal accidents during the holidays. On average, there are 258 fatal accidents on Thanksgiving and 231 fatal accidents on Christmas. The infographic shown depicts some other deadly statistics surrounding the holiday season. How many of these accidents do you think happen because someone is distracted by holiday decorations or preoccupied by some stress stemming from the festivities of the season? The holidays can be distracting, and sometimes those distractions can be deadly.