Virtually every area news organization picked up on the recent revelation that certain specific days are historically the ones upon which most fatal crashes occur.

Few, however, posit any rational reason for these particular days. With no illusions that we can answer this conundrum with 100% accuracy, Clark and Steinhorn offer some hypotheses. First of course the dates:

  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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Some things are obvious, the 4th of July is the big summer travel weekend and more people are traveling by car and then other times of the year. December 23 is prime Christmas travel season and one supposes that holiday travelers want to be home before Christmas Eve. January 1st is really New Years Eve although it is the drunk part, when people are coming home from parties. September 2nd is usually subsumed by Labor Day Weekend and is the last gasp of significant summer travel. (witness yesterday's 19 mile back-up on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge) and tha random dates in August must represent the peak period of summer vacation travel before schools begin starting some time after the eighth most fatal day, August 12th.


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