The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate being an American. However, with this year’s being on a Friday night, expect a spike in drinking and driving and an increase in the number of car accidents.
According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years of data available (from 2008 to 2012), 765 people lost their lives in car accidents involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These car accident fatalities account for 40% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.
Nighttime driving is particularly dangerous because of drunken drivers. During the July 4th holiday period in 2012, the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was almost 2.5 times higher at night than during the day. Add in people looking up at the sky for fireworks and not looking at the road, traffic getting to and from the fireworks, and simple inattentiveness, this could be a recipe for car accidents.
You could be the safest driver, but many on the roads are not. Thus, it is important that you pay extra attention this July 4th weekend so you or a loved one are not injured in a car accident.
Celebrate America. Enjoy friends and family and fireworks. Just do it safely and watch out for those who don’t!
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” – William J. Clinton
“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.” – Ronald Reagan
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