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New Year's Day The Most Deadly For Pedestrians

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A few weeks ago we talked about the need for safety on Thanksgiving day because of the number of accidents that occur because so many people are on the road traveling, but believe it or not we are coming up on the most dangerous day for pedestrians…New Year's Day.

The numbers are dramatic. Take the 14-year period from 1986-2010: 410 pedestrians were killed on New Year's Day. Fifty-eight of those killed had high blood-alcohol concentrations.

According to information from the insurance institute for highway safety, in a typical year, about a third of fatally injured pedestrians 16 and older had blood-alcohol concentrations above .8%.

It is only a few weeks until New Years. Something to think about

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