Barbecues and booze go together just as well as the Fourth of July and fireworks. Unfortunately drunk driving car accidents fit in there pretty well, too.
According to FOX Business, the Fourth of July is actually the deadliest holiday of the year to be on our roadways — even deadlier than New Year’s.
Our Rock Hill accident lawyers understand that driving under the influence, of either drugs or alcohol, is a serious risk. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been tracking auto accident statistics for about 25 years now. The Fourth of July is almost always at the top of that list. The sad truth of it all is that more than half of all fatal accidents that happen on Independence Day are alcohol related.
In 2008, there were close to 500 people who were killed in car accidents over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. Of those fatalities, close to 45 percent of them were killed in alcohol-related accidents. In comparison, there were less than 425 people who were killed during the four-day holiday of New Year’s.
“Drunk driving is a major public safety threat that still claims thousands of lives every year,” said Ray LaHood, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
And even though the Fourth of July is the deadliest day on our roadways, the dangers don’t stop there. According to MSN Money, August 1st kicks off the deadliest month of the year for American motorists.
So it’s no time to relax. We’ve got to start focusing on safer (and sober) driving habits to help to make this the safest year of all. Read the following safety tips and share them with friends and family member to help to avoid a roadway disaster:
-If your plans include drinking, make sure that they also include a designated driver. A designated driver isn’t the person who has had the least to drink, but it’s someone who has had absolutely nothing to drink.
-If you’re out with no sober driver, consider calling a cab, a friend or a family member to come pick you up.
-If you can’t get a safe and sober ride, consider staying the night. Even getting a hotel room is a lot cheaper than a drunk driving conviction.
-If you think you’ve spotted a drunk driver out on our roadways, report them by calling *47 (North Carolina’s Highway Patrol).
-If you’re throwing a holiday barbeque or other kind of celebration, make sure you offer some nonalcoholic drinks for the designated drivers. Keep an eye on your party guests to make sure none are making the wrong decisions when leaving your event.
-If you see a friend or a family member who has been drinking, make sure you get the keys from them and help find them a safe and sober ride home. Your intervention would wind up saving lives.
If you or a loved one was involved in a drunk driving accident, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation by calling 800-887-1965.
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