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Holidays are frequently the most popular times to travel in the United States. In 2016, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) estimated that 232.7 million people traveled 50 miles or more during major holidays. Of those, nearly 89% (207.1 million) traveled by car.
Busy roads increase the chances of catastrophe, and holidays can make that worse. Indeed, in 2016, the National Safety Council estimated 2,458 traffic fatalities in the U.S. across six distinct holiday periods: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
We teamed up with visual content agency 1Point21 Interactive to help us visualize the amount of traffic fatalities on major holidays in South Carolina from 2006-2015. In total, there were 517 fatal collisions and 558 people reported killed.
Taking the proper precautions before embarking on a holiday road trip can ensure that you have a safe time.