Five years of fatal collision data is revealing a dim reality for Mississippi drivers.
Mississippi is ranked number one as the most dangerous state to drive in for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
During the study, the group found that more than 1,000 people were killed in crashes across the nation on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
About a third of those crashes involved drunk drivers. The map shows the number of crashes per 100,000 licenses drivers per state.
According to the map, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wyoming, and Texas also rank in the top five most dangerous states.
Gulfport Police tells News 25 this data really shows that holiday driving safety just goes back to making the right decisions. Lt. Joshua Bromen said, “So a lot of that data goes back to the seat belt use rates. Mississippi has some of the lowest rates nationally and so again we encourage people to make sure to do the little things. It is buckling your seat belt. Yellow does not mean punch the gas. Go ahead and prepare to stop. So these little things all add up to create the dangerous situations that ultimately take people’s lives.”
As with any holiday, one of the most important things to remember is to never drive while under the influence.