It's that time of year, when college students flock to warm, sunny spots to celebrate Spring Break, but a new study shows the roads become a lot less safe at the Spring Break spots once they arrive.
The overall death toll from car crashes in these popular destinations is 9 percent higher during Spring Break than at other times of the year.
That translates into a total of 16 more traffic deaths per year in the 14 areas studied. Those areas include destinations in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
There was no significant increase in traffic deaths during Spring Break in areas of the states that aren't Spring Break destinations.
Between the last week of February and the first week of April, studies show that a significantly greater number of traffic fatalities occurred in Spring Break hot spots compared to other locations in the same states and at other times of the year.
The primary implication is that roadways are dangerous during the Spring Break period, not only for spring breakers, but also for the residents and other visitors of popular Spring Break destinations.
Out-of-state drivers are involved in many more traffic deaths during Spring Break than in-state drivers, and drivers younger than 25 are much more likely to be involved in traffic deaths during Spring Break than older drivers.
There is no statistically significant differences between Spring Break traffic deaths involving drivers impaired by alcohol and those involving sober drivers.
Spring Break will make some of the best memories of your lives. Please, be careful out there.