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New Year’s Eve deadliest holiday for drivers

Posted at 7:18 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 07:18:06-05

FORT MYERS, Fla -- New Year's Eve is known to be the deadliest holiday for drivers. First responders plan to be on high alert for drunk drivers Tuesday night, and are asking you to do your part to keep roads safe.

New data shows that New Year's Eve and the first couple days heading into the new year are the deadliest for drivers. That's why tonight, troopers are planning a DUI wolfpack to keep drivers safe.

AAA shared new numbers from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2017, nearly 1,000 people were killed on our roadways during this time. 31% of those deaths involved drunk drivers.

To help keep Lee and Collier County drivers safe, troopers plan to be on our roadways Tuesday night. A DUI wolfpack detail will start at 9:00 p.m. and will last until 4:00 a.m. New Year’s Day. They will focus on major state and county roadways.

The goal is to get impaired drivers off the road and keep other drivers safe.

This is especially important in Florida, which ranked sixth for fatal crashes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day over the past five years.

As your making plans to celebrate and ring in the new year, troopers ask that you also make figuring out how to get home safe a part of that plan. Ride shares, taxis and AAA’s free Tow to Go service are great options.
Tow to Go is a free service for both AAA Members and non-members, where a tow truck is dispatched to transport the driver and their vehicle home, or a safe place within a 10 mile radius.

Tow to Go services are available:

  • Now – Thursday, January 2 (6 a.m.)
  • To request service call 855-2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246