The July 4th holiday is a favorite time of year for many Americans, with backyard parties, good food and fireworks. But the celebrating our country’s independence can also turn deadly when people drive after drinking alcohol.
In 2012, almost HALF of all crashes with fatalities during July 4th weekend involved a drunk driver, making it one of the deadliest holidays of the year.
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 was the leading factor in boating fatalities last year, contributing to 16 percent of boating deaths.
So this 4th of July, whether you’re in a car or on a boat, help keep your loved ones safe by planning ahead with a non-drinking designated driver.
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