Kentucky seventh most dangerous state
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2017) — The Fourth of July is the most dangerous day to drive in the U.S., according to a study by Geotab, a telematics and GPS vehicle tracking company.
Geotab looked at the fatality and traffic data over a 10-year period to see how U.S. states differ when it comes to road safety. Using this data, they created an interactive infographic to show the most dangerous day to drive in each state. The most dangerous day to drive in Kentucky is July 5.
Every year, over 30,000 people are killed on the roads in the U.S., but recent findings have shown that specific days of the year are more dangerous than others. Dates around national celebrations including Labor Day, Halloween and New Year’s Day, where alcohol consumption is at its highest, prove to have a significantly higher Fatal Crash Rate (FCR) than other days in the year.
With an average of 119 deadly crashes over a 10-year period and a FCR of 14.9, July 4 is the most dangerous day to drive in the U.S. It also has the highest percentage of fatal crashes involving alcohol or incidents of driving under the influence, with an average of 47 percent.
On average, 28 percent of all road crashes are related to alcohol and driving under the influence, but that rate goes up significantly around national holidays. New Year’s Day (41.6 percent) and Halloween (41 percent), which also feature in the top 10 most dangerous days to drive, have a high percentage of alcohol-related fatalities, each recording an FCR of 13.6.