Springfield, Massachusetts (WWLP) – This year’s travel season is longer and busier than usual, with both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Sundays.
More than 100 million people are expected to drive a car this holiday season. The actual number was likely higher than expected, and people chose to go to their destinations by car rather than by plane because of the bad weather.
Major cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles typically have the most road congestion, and this week is no different. Travel experts recommend avoiding trips during peak commute times, bright early morning hours, or in the afternoon before work.
As the holiday season approaches, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking drivers not to drink and drive. In December 2020, 937 people were killed in traffic accidents involving disabled drivers.
From December 14th to January 1st, there will be high-profile enforcement efforts by law across the country. The aim of these efforts is to keep disabled drivers off the road through sobriety checkpoints and community outreach. The administration is urging people to plan ahead, especially when celebrating holidays.
Designate someone to drink and drive, take public transportation, or use a service like Uber or Lyft. If you see a disabled driver on the road, call 911.