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New Year’s Tops Christmas in Fatalities Tied to Alcohol

Deadly U.S. crashes tied to New Year’s are more likely to be alcohol-related than accidents during other holiday periods, with Christmas having the lowest share of fatalities linked to drinking, a safety group said.

There was an average of 108 traffic deaths a day in the New Year’s period, with about 42 percent linked to alcohol impairments, according to the National Safety Council, citing data from 2007 to 2011. That compares with 35 percent of the 93 fatalities in the average day in the Christmas period.