December 09, 2015 12:56
Drunk-driving accidents are most common in October and November, when many people take to the hills to enjoy the autumn foliage or enjoy regional festivals, a study finds.
The Samsung Traffic Safety Research Institute analyzed drunk-driving accidents over the last five years based on reports compiled by police and insurers. An average 12,385 accidents occurred in November and 12,268 in October.
The remainder of the year averaged 11,217 a month, which means they rise 10.4 percent in November and 9.3 percent in October.
The number of deaths in drunk-driving accidents in October and November averaged 318 over the last five years, compared to 301 during the other months.
Drunk-driving accidents are most common around national parks and areas where provincial festivals are held.
"Regional governments should come up with measures to prevent drunk driving as part of preparations for local festivals," said Jang Taek-young at the institute.
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