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CincoDeDrinko: Friday Holidays Mean More Drunk Driving


#CincodeDrinko, #DrinkodeMayo Trend on Social Media

Cinco de Mayo certainly has become one of the days of the year Americans most associate with drinking. Social media is currently trending thousands of posts tagged with two of the holiday’s nicknames: Cinco de Drinko and Drinko de Mayo.

But while many people are looking forward tequila-laced drinks and sombreros, law enforcement agencies are gearing up for more drunk drivers on the roads, especially because this year’s holiday falls on a Friday.

Friday Holidays Mean More Drunk Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2011 and 2015, 270 people died in drunk-driving crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday period, and nearly a third of all traffic deaths on Cinco de Mayo involve an alcohol-impaired driver. The danger also extends beyond May 5th, culminating with record rates of DUIs into the morning hours of the following day.

This year Cinco de Mayo falls on Friday. NHTSA reports twice as many drunk driving crashes occur on weekends, and holidays tend to increase that trend. In addition, data from Alcohol Monitoring Systems shows that drinking violations by monitored, repeat DUI offenders are generally two to three times higher when a holiday falls on a weekend compared to when it takes place on a weekday.

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