Staying Safe this July 4th

Independence Day is a huge holiday for patriotic celebrations, fireworks, barbeques and community gatherings. With parties and celebrations going on everywhere, there’s typically an increase in impaired driving crashes. Even with additional law enforcement operations, irresponsible impaired drivers still get behind the wheel.

Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is encouraging drivers to stay sober this holiday weekend and all year round. State and Local law enforcement officials will likely be stepping up efforts to catch drunk drivers over Independence Day weekend. In addition to the risk of endangering and killing other roadway users, the average DUI costs about $10,000. Offenders could face jail time, loss of their licenses, higher insurance rates, court costs, towing fees, repairs, lost time at work, attorney fees and a variety of other related expenses.

July 4th Drunk Driving Facts

• In 2012, 179 people were killed in crashes over the Fourth of July holiday.
• 44 percent of those fatalities happened in crashes that involved at least one impaired driver or motorcycle rider.
• In 2012, during the Fourth of July holiday, nearly half of the young drivers killed in crashes were alcohol-impaired.
• From 2008 to 2012, 765 people were killed in impaired-driving crashes during Fourth of July holiday periods across the country.
• From 2011 to 2012, the number of drunk-driving fatalities increased by 4.6 percent.
• In 2011, 9,865 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
• In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in drunk-driving wrecks.

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day

Motorists are encouraged to drive safe and sober this Fourth of July and all year long. Always make a plan before you celebrate, and have a backup plan just in case the first plan falls through. Never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. In some cases, one drink can be one drink too many, so make a plan before you head out. Leaving your car at a friend’s house or parking lot are always better options than driving impaired. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Independence Day weekend.

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