The North Carolina car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Lee & Smith wish each of you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and remind you to celebrate responsibly, don’t drunk and drive, and stay safe on the road.
Traffic is expected to be heavy and troopers will be out in force on Carolina roads, the Charlotte Observer reported.
AAA Carolinas estimates 12 percent more travelers will hit the road this Fourth of July, than those who traveled to celebrate the holiday last year. Thousands of additional motorists on the road will increase the risk of traffic accidents. Last year, 20 fatal North Carolina car accidents were reported, while South Carolina car accidents claimed 16 lives over the Fourth of July holiday.
“Troopers will be looking for aggressive drivers, drunk drivers and other violators while patrolling throughout the state during the holiday week,” said Col. Randy Glover, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Thanksgiving and Fourth of July have been the two deadliest holidays on the nation’s roads in recent years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Fatal holiday traffic accidents nationwide in 2008:
New Year’s: 104
Memorial Day: 370
Fourth of July: 437
Labor Day: 423
New Year’s Eve: 37