The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual 4th of July Drive Sober safety campaign. Independence Day is synonymous with barbeque, fireworks, family and friends. Unfortunately, it’s also synonymous with booze. In fact, it’s one of the deadliest holidays on U.S. roadways due to drunk-driving crashes. This year, the NHTSA is calling on drivers to drive sober or get pulled over. They’re also raising awareness about the topic of buzzed driving, which is drunk driving.
2016 Fourth of July Holiday Crash Stats
- During the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6:00 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.
- That’s a 28 percent increase from 2015 (146 fatalities).
- Nearly half of those who died in those crashes involved a drunk driver with a BAC of .15 or higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit.
Plan a Safe Fourth of July Holiday
The NHTSA is urging people to plan ahead for a safe Fourth of July holiday. The most important part of having a safe Independence Day is making sure you have a safe ride home. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, designate a driver. If you can’t find a designated driver, plan to call a cab or use a ridesharing app like Uber or Lyft. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Since buzzed driving is drunk driving, it’s important to have a safe ride home even if you’ve only had a little to drink.
Car Accidents Involving Drunk Drivers in California
Drunk driving accidents can send victims to the hospital or worse. After any type of injury-causing accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with the crash.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Fourth of July holiday, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a drunk driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our skilled and proven team at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.