A new study from the online driver's education platform Zutobi says Thanksgiving is the deadliest U.S. holiday in terms of fatal car accidents.

You can see the report here. The study said 2,448 deaths have been recorded on U.S. roads and highways over the last five years. That was just 10 more fatalities than the second deadliest American holiday, which was Labor Day.

Independence Day,  Memorial Day, and Christmas Day rounded out the list of the five deadliest holidays.

Not surprisingly, impaired driving and speeding were the biggest causes of fatal crashes on Thanksgiving over a five year period ending in 2021:

YearThanksgiving holidayInvolving A Young Driver (Aged 15-20)Killed DUISpeed killing
5-years Average2448344831710

To avoid becoming a statistic if you are hitting the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday, Zutobi offers the following tips:

  1. Prepare your vehicle before hitting the road by checking tire pressure, brakes, and fluid levels.
  2. Minimize distractions by keeping your focus solely on the road and avoiding activities such as texting or eating while driving.
  3. Get adequate rest before embarking on long drives to combat driver fatigue and ensure alertness behind the wheel.

While the Zutobi survey didn't mention it, common sense would also dictate that if you are hitting the road in Wyoming or the Rocky Mountain region over the Thanksgiving holiday, preparing yourself for winter driving conditions is also a very good idea.

You can access the latest forecasts, including those for Cheyenne and Laramie, from the Cheyenne Office of the National Weather Service here. The Wyoming Department of Transportation report on road conditions is available here. You can also access the latest travel conditions report for Wyoming with the Wyoming 511 mobile app.

2022's Deadliest Wyoming County by Traffic Deaths

While car crashes can occur anywhere, some roads in Wyoming are more dangerous than others.

According to Wyoming Highway Patrol data, there were 117 fatal crashes in the Cowboy State in 2022 resulting in 133 deaths.

Of those fatal crashes, the majority (13.68%) occurred in Laramie County -- two in January, one in February, one in March, two in April, one in June, two in July, three in August, two in September, one in November, and one in December.

Sweetwater County saw the second most fatal crashes last year, 12, while Fremont and Lincoln counties each saw 10.

Albany and Park counties each recorded eight, and Campbell, Converse, and Natrona counties each tallied seven.

The deadliest 2022 crash in Laramie County took place on June 17 when two semis collided on Interstate 80 east of Cheyenne and immediately became engulfed in flames killing both drivers and a passenger.

Laramie County also saw two fatal crashes involving motorcyclists, two fatal crashes involving juveniles, and a fatal crash involving a pedestrian last year.

Below is the Wyoming Highway Patrol narrative of every fatal crash that occurred in Laramie County in 2022.

Gallery Credit: Joy Greenwald


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