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Holiday risks: 3 scary facts about the holiday season

With the holidays just around the corner, you're busy making plans to see your family and friends. Many of those plans involve driving around the city and state, getting to the homes of those you care about.

Any time the holidays arrive, there's more traffic and a higher risk of getting into a crash. Here are a few things you should know about this busy time of year and the risk to you and your family on the roads.

1. Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays

Surprisingly, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays for drivers. The primary reason for this is that many people drink alcohol with their dinners on Thanksgiving Day, which means there is a higher risk of intoxicated drivers on the roads. Add to that the increase in traffic, and it's clear why there are more crashes.

2. The Christmas and New Year's period results in more drinking

Between Christmas and the New Year, fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers rises by approximately 34 percent. People tend to drink more, travel more and face harsher weather during this time period, so it's a much more dangerous time for people to be on the roads.

3. The night before Thanksgiving is just as dangerous

Known as Blackout Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving is just as dangerous as Thanksgiving itself. That night, many people travel to where they're visiting. The bars see a higher number of patrons, since many people don't work the following day. As a result, it's normal to see a high number of crashes related to drinking and driving.

These are three things you should keep in mind about the upcoming holiday. If you want to stay safe, avoid drinking and driving and be sure to watch out for drivers who may be intoxicated behind the wheel.

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