New Years Eve is a time to celebrate, but data shows it is one of the most dangerous nights to be on the road because of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the odds of having a car crash on New Years Eve are skyrocketing as there are more drunk drivers on the road.
In McKean County, Lewis Run-based state police will be in force, working to maintain security throughout the county.
Barracks Commander Sgt. Tom Granville said drunk driving arrests were on the rise for the year locally.
“We have a few aggressive young guys here at the station,” said Granville. “Our numbers have really increased.”
While this is a positive sign that so many drunk drivers have been arrested, it is not a good sign that so many people continue to drive under the influence.
“It’s not improving,” said Granville.
Comparing the drinking and driving arrests from 2020 to 2021, there has been an increase of about 14%.
“In 2020, at this station, we had 183 impaired driving arrests, which include both drugs and alcohol,” said Sgt. “This year so far we have 209, so we are 26 more than last year.
“For a small station, these guys come out and do a really good job,” he added.
For New Year’s Eve, additional patrols will be out.
“We have our normal patrols to handle incidents and other patrols for DUI and speed enforcement,” said Granville.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) , the average person arrested for drunk driving drove while intoxicated 80 times before their first arrest.
Every day, around 800 people are injured in a drinking and driving accident. And every day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 3,200 are arrested, according to MADD.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, “Every day in the United States, approximately 28 people die in impaired driving crashes, or one person every 52 minutes.