Dangerous Time of Year on the Roads

Saturday, Aug 13, 2011  |  Updated 5:01 PM EDT
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More traffic accidents take place in the month of August than any other time of the year, according to a report done by AAA.

"During the summer doldrums it seems the while world is away on vacation," said John Townsend with AAA, "and drivers tend to let their guard down when they are behind the wheel."

AAA took traffic data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the past decade, and found the 15 days with the highest average number of annual crashes.

The most dangerous day is January 1.  However, 5 out of 15 days on the list fall in August, a higher concentration than for any other month.  In August of 2009, 50 people died on Maryland roads, and 48 died in Virginia.

AAA says part of the reason for the uptick in collisions is because of the increased number of drivers taking to the road for vacations.  In addition, those vacationers are driving more miles, increasing the chances for more crashes to occur.

Here is the good news: 4 of the survey's most dangerous days in August have already past.  But for those traveling around the end of the month, watch out - AAA says historically, 120 crashes occur on August 31.

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