Slightly more than 35% of Thanksgiving fatalities involve a drunk driver, according to Zutobi, making alcohol the leading cause of car crash on the holiday. Speeding accounts for 28% of fatal accidents on Thanksgiving. (Credit: Spirit/Shutterstock.com) Slightly more than 35% of Thanksgiving fatalities involve a drunk driver, according to Zutobi, making alcohol the leading cause of car crash on the holiday. Speeding accounts for 28% of fatal accidents on Thanksgiving. (Credit: Spirit/Shutterstock.com)

During holidays, traffic deaths increase 30% compared with non-holiday periods, according to online driver’s education resource Zutobi, which found Thanksgiving to be the most dangerous of all holidays to be on the roadways.

More than 2,410 people were killed in a roadway accidents on Thanksgiving during the past five years. In 2020, around 515 people were killed in car accidents during Thanksgiving weekend, according to Zutobi, which noted this was an increase of 21% compared with the year prior. On Thanksgiving, the number of traffic deaths increase 20% compared with equivalent non-holiday periods in 2020.

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