New Year’s Eve is Dangerously Overhyped
November 30, 2018
Like the title says, New Year’s Eve is overhyped. The only difference is the date on the calendar, and going out during the night is just putting yourself at risk for a drunk driving accident on your way home. New Year’s Eve is traditionally being a holiday marked with champagne toasts and all-night open-bar specials. Also, depending on where in the country someone is at, the weather can be treacherous for anyone to drive in.
Driving during the early morning hours on New Year’s Eve/Day is more dangerous because there are more drivers on the road due to many workers having the holiday off, and students are in the middle of winter break. Due to the weather, additionally there is typically snow, ice, and freezing rain coming onto the roads before, during, or after. Nighttime driving also starts at around 4:30-5:00 pm since sunsets are so much earlier during the winter season, making it harder to see black ice, and other obstructions to the roads.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government agency tasked with tracking and reporting on these issues, New Year’s Eve is the 5th most dangerous day in the year to drive, behind the likes of Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day, followed by Halloween respectively. This statistic shows that the holiday season is statistically one of the most dangerous times to be on the street. Though this is proven statistically, people around the world still hype up this season, and New Year’s Eve, particularly, way too much.