4th of July Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual 4th of July Drunk Driving Prevention safety campaign. Independence day, the 4th of July, is a popular holiday for celebrating outside with family and friends. Barbeques, cookouts, picnics and other outdoor festivities abound. Tragically, this is also a holiday where we see a spike in drunk-driving related crashes each year. The NHTSA reports that during the July 4th holiday period, over the last five years, 750 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers.
Most Dangerous Holiday of The Year
According to Forbes magazine, Independence Day is “the most dangerous holiday of the year.” Even with an increased law enforcement presence, drunk drivers are still out endangering the lives of law-abiding motorists. Because even buzzed driving is drunk driving, anybody who has had anything to drink this holiday weekend is encouraged to get a safe ride home with a sober driver. In some cases, even one drink can be one drink too many. Don’t risk it. Putting your own life and the lives of others at great risk isn’t worth it.
Independence Day Holiday Crash Facts
- In 2013, 512 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Fourth of July holiday.
- Of those deaths, 199 (39 percent) occurred in crashes involving impaired drivers or motorcycle riders.
- On the July 4th holiday period in 2013, the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was over three times higher at night than during the day.
- In fatal crashes during Independence Day holiday in 2013, 21 percent of involved drivers or motorcycle operators had Blood Alcohol Content’s (BAC’s) that were nearly twice the legal limit.
Make a Plan
The best way to ensure a safe ride home is to make a plan in advance. Don’t wait until you’re the last person downtown after fireworks to figure out how to get home safely. Have a plan, and have a backup plan. Designate a driver, call a cab or crash with a friend until the morning. You’ll be glad you did. Not only can you save lives by staying off the road after drinking, you can also save your self up to $10,000 in DUI costs.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Independence Day weekend.