Fourth of July Driving
Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a widely celebrated federal holiday in the United States. As this holiday weekend approaches, many families and friends will be making plans to gather together in celebrating our nation’s freedom. These celebrations typically consist of barbecues, picnics, parades, family gatherings and fireworks. Family and friends will drive from both near and far to gather together for the festivities. The 4th of July holiday is a fun filled holiday, but it is also a very dangerous holiday.
The 4th of July holiday has been known as one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk driving crashes. According to Traffic Safety Marketing and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, over the Fourth of July holiday (6p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 7th), 164 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Those preventable deaths make up 41% of the 397 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the Fourth of July period.
This year the National Safety Council’s (NSC) estimate for traffic fatalities during the 2016 Independence Day holiday period (6p.m. July 1 to 11:59 p.m. July 4th), is 466 deaths and non-fatal injuries are estimated at 53,600. These predictions are the highest numbers from NSC since 2008.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Safety is dedicated in making Florida Safer. They have consumer awareness and safety education campaigns throughout the year and during the July 4th holiday their campaign is, “Independence Day: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over; Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
Practice Safe Driving or Plan Ahead
Nobody plans for an accident to happen. Be proactive and plan ahead to keep your family, friends and others around you safe this holiday weekend.
- Buckle up, it’s the Law – According to NSC, seatbelts may save around 155 lives over this three-day holiday.
- Child Safety Seats – Make sure your children are in appropriate safety seats.
- Avoid Distracted Driving – Put your phone down and do not text or use your cellphone while behind the wheel.
- Do Not Drink & Drive – Driving while under the influence is the biggest cause of motor vehicle accidents.
- Plan Ahead – If you plan on consuming alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver, or plan other transportation arrangements such as a taxi cab or Uber.
Don’t ruin your holiday or someone else’s with the temptation of drinking and driving. Be responsible and always have a designated driver or call a cab. Let’s keep the Florida roads safe during the 2016 Fourth of July holiday. The attorneys and staff at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz wish you and your family a safe and happy 2016 Independence Day.