BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana ranked one of the deadliest states for Thanksgiving traffic deaths after the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a study from 2012-2021, conducted by an insurance company, Jerry, the Thanksgiving holiday is reported as the third deadliest holiday behind the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Almost half of the fatal crashes that happen during the holidays include speeding and drinking.
The company reports that Louisiana ranks third for most traffic deaths per 100,000 people during the Thanksgiving holiday. The state is sitting at 2.52 deaths per 100,000 people. Mississippi leads for most deaths per capita with 3.38 deaths per 100,000 people.
Louisiana is also ranked fourth as a state with the highest drinking and driving-related deadly crash rates, according to the study. Louisiana sits behind South Dakota, North Dakota and South Carolina.
During 2021, it was reported that about 479 fatal crashes happened across the nation during Thanksgiving, which is a 24% increase from 2019, as reported by Jerry.