Americans celebrate Memorial Day weekend by gathering with friends and family to honor those who served in the military. However, drunk driving has become a major issue in the United States, especially around major holidays like Memorial Day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, one person dies every 45 minutes every day in the U.S. That is 32 people per day losing their life in drunk driving incidents. Sadly, these deaths are preventable and it is important to raise awareness about this issue as we approach a holiday notorious for DUI accidents. Memorial Day weekend has become one of the most deadly weekends to be on the road and NHTSA statistics confirm this.

Memorial Day DUI statistics include:

  • 2019: There were 295 people killed in car accidents – 41% of the fatalities involved drunk drivers.
  • 2019: The NHTSA reports 83% of DUI related deaths happened between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. during the Memorial Day weekend (Friday evening to Monday morning).
  • 2020: There were 295 car accident fatalities on Memorial Day weekend – 34% of deaths involved drunk drivers.
  • 2020: DUI arrests made over Memorial Day weekend amounted to 21,065 people being detained.

It is clear that people who drink and drive put their own safety at risk and others. This is why there are many consequences for driving under the influence, including fines, license suspension, and even jail time. For those that plan to drink this Memorial Day weekend, make a plan that ensures you can do so safely. Use a ride-sharing service, have a designated driver, or stay where you are until you are sober. You can even plan to stay the night where you will be so drinking and driving is off the table.

Do something bold! Why not stay sober and enjoy the weekend fully, hangover free! Whatever you decide to do, don’t drink and drive. Be respectful and safe when celebrating our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day and encourage those around you to do the same. You may just save a life.

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