Driving on New Year’s Eve could be extra dangerous this year

How 2020 could impact holiday travel period risk

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UAB researchers have learned that this year, even though there are less people on the roads, the chances of crashes and even fatalities are still high because people are more comfortable taking risks, like speeding.

There is also an emotional factor -- many people are excited to see 2020 gone, and that may cause more people to drink and drive dangerously after celebrating.

“A lot of what goes into that is also how long the period is and we have a unique circumstance in addition to COVID because essentially we have a 4-day weekend, so the holiday period is more extended,” explained UAB’s Dr. Benjamin McManus.

The advice is to drive safely and of course, never drive intoxicated.

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