A night of parties and over-indulging often leads to impaired or tired drivers and walkers.
Those and other factors combine to make Jan 1 one of the worst days to be a pedestrian.
Mother Jones quotes the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), "Between 2008 and 2012, more pedestrians died in traffic crashes on New Year's Day (and Halloween) than on other days of the year. IIHS also found that 59 percent of pedestrians killed on New Year's Day were drunk."
More simply, you 're nearly twice as likely to die when on foot Jan 1.
A highway safety expert says people know not to drink and drive but "the risks associated with drinking and walking aren't as clear to the average person."