The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their 4th of July roadway safety campaign. While Independence Day weekend is typically filled with fun family get-togethers, barbeques and fireworks, this holiday is also well known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes. This year, safety advocates are calling on partygoers to make sure they have a safe ride home. If you plan on celebrating the 4th of July with alcohol, whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel.
4th of July Crash Stats
- During the July 4th holiday period in 2017, 601 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roadways.
- 39 percent of those fatalities happened in alcohol-impaired crashes.
- 60 percent of those who died in drunk driving crashes were in a crash involving at least one driver or motorcyclists with a BAC of .15 or higher.
- 79 percent of the alcohol-impaired related fatalities happened during nighttime hours.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Officials with the NHTSA also want people to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many. If you plan on drinking at all, you need to arrange a safe ride home. The best way to make sure you have a safe ride home is arranging for a sober ride ahead of the festivities. This can be as simple as designating a driver or downloading a ridesharing app into your phone.
Just don’t wait until the end of the night to figure out how to get home. If you’re out of options, ask somebody to help you call a cab or crash on a friend’s couch. Nothing is worth putting your life at risk or the lives of others by getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Drunk Driving Accidents in San Diego
After any kind of accident involving a drunk driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy 4th of July holiday weekend, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a negligent or impaired driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.