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Study: Deadliest day on the roads is August 2

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 02, 2018

A study claims that August 2 is the deadliest across the country for people driving on the road.

In Las Vegas, locals have seen it all. 

“They are trying to stay out of the heat, the air-conditioning might not be working, everyone’s in a hurry,” says Shannon Sharp. 

During summer, not only are their more drivers moving through the valley, there are more crashes.

August marks the deadliest month, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

The deadliest day: August 2.

“When studies like this are released ,they back up what we already know,” says Erin Breen, UNLVs Vulnerable Road User’s Project.

Green says crashes and fatalities are highest in summer because that’s when drivers are most at ease. 

“People have so much less routine in summertime and this instance of now trying to gear up could be another really deadly time for us.”

The study, released at the end of 2017, look at crashes reported between 2012 and 2016.

The study’s claims were backed up by Nationwide Insurance, saying nearly 16,000 died in crashes in August during the study’s span.

That ranked August as the deadliest month of the year.

Additionally, 505 traffic related fatalities were reported due to crashes on August 2nd alone, more than any other calendar day.

“What people should take away from these numbers is it can be you, and you have to do whatever it takes so its not you.”

Another deadly day listed in the study is just a few days away on August 9.