When Should You Drive, When Should You Not?

5 years 1 month 1 week ago Sunday, August 11 2013 Aug 11, 2013 Sunday, August 11, 2013 3:03:00 PM CDT August 11, 2013 in News
By: Turner Twyman, KOMU 8 News Reporter
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BOONE COUNTY - Statistics show some times that are better to drive than others, in terms of accidents.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol tracks accidents and found there were 7,171 in Boone County from 2010 to 2012. KOMU 8 News determined the most dangerous times to drive in Boone County based on statistics from Missouri Statewide Traffic Accident Records System, or STARS.

• The most dangerous hours of the day to drive are from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. There were 1,797 traffic accidents in that time period from 2010 to 2012.
• The safest hours are from 3:00 to 6:00 a.m. There were only 236 accidents in that time period.
• Fridays are the most dangerous days of the week. There were 1,292 total accidents on those days.
• Sundays are the safest. There were 708 total accidents on those days.
• October is the most dangerous month of the year. There were 713 October traffic from 2010 to 2012.
• July tends to be the safest month. There were 481 July accidents in the same time period.

Law enforcement officials said some of the results "just make sense."

Sergeant Brian Leer of the Boone County Sheriff's Department says the number of cars on the roadways directly correlates with the number of traffic incicents.

He said, "When more people are going to be out there on the roadways, we're going to have more incidents, more accidents, and unfortunately more injuries."

Leer, who serves in the traffic division, says 3 to 6 a.m. are the safest hours of the day because, "that's whenever the fewest number of people are out on the roadways."

Leer also said the afternoon hours, tend to be the most dangerous hours because they're rush hour, which means there are more cars on the roadways.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration also tracks the best and worst times to drive.

Historically, the top-ten most dangerous days, according to the NHTSA, are:

1. July 4
2. July 3
3. December 23
4. August 3
5. January 1
6. August 6
7. August 4
8. August 12
9. July 2
10. September 2

Not all of the statistics match perfectly. While the worst day to drive in Boone County is Friday, nationally, it's Saturday.

But in Boone County, Saturday tends to be the one of the safer days.

The NHTSA said, historically, the worst month to drive throughout the nation is August, instead of October.

However, Sunday is the always the best day to drive, in Boone County and nationally.

More statistics from the Missouri Highway Patrol can be found on its website.

 

 

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