As people across the country make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July, MADD wants to remind adults to plan ahead for a non-drinking designated driver — whether on the road or on the water — if alcohol will be a part of the festivities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 161 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide over Fourth of July weekend in 2011, which represents a 70 percent increase over the average number of drunk driving deaths per day.
As part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown around the Fourth of July, law enforcement agencies across the country will be intensifying their efforts to deter and detect drunk driving. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. That’s why MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving includes support for high-visibility law enforcement efforts.
In addition to the dangers posed by drunk driving on roadways, the United States Coast Guard reports that alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in boating fatalities last year; in fact, it was the leading factor in 17 percent of boating deaths.
Whether you’re in a car or on a boat, the dangers of drinking and driving are the same — needless deaths and injuries.
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