While the Fourth of July is supposed to be a day filled with celebration and fun for the entire nation, it is unfortunately also a time when crime rates and bad decisions tend to increase. Many adults love to celebrate our country’s independence with ice cold alcoholic drinks — in fact, more beer is sold on the Fourth of July than any other holiday — but there are always those who don’t drink responsibly and take to the road, putting other drivers and pedestrians in danger.
These are four sobering facts about DUI’s to keep in mind this Independence Day:
Drunk Driving Fatalities Spike on the Fourth of July
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes claim 29 lives per day in the United States. Overall, drunk driving crashes kill more than 10,000 people each year.
Now, let’s take a look at how the Fourth of July contributes to those numbers. Five years ago, the National Safety Council reaffirmed that July is America’s deadliest month, and NHTSA’s data reveals that 765 people died in Fourth of July drunk-driving crashes from 2008-2012, accounting for about 40% of all traffic fatalities during that 5-year period. Can we as a nation bring those numbers down before the next set of data is published?
More Drunk Drivers Are On The Road At Night
The Fourth of July is one of those holidays where things don’t slow down just because the sun sets. That’s when the fireworks come out! But everyone has to drive home after the show is over, and the later it gets, the more dangerous the roads get. If it looks like you’re going to be out much later than the fireworks, you may want to consider waiting until the morning to drive home if possible.
DUI Checkpoints Will Be Everywhere
Law enforcement understands the danger of the Fourth of July, so every year they set up checkpoints to crack down on drunk drivers. You may be stopped without any reasonable suspicion at any of these checkpoints, so make sure whoever is driving has agreed to be alcohol-free for the night. Remember that a BAC below 0.08 percent can still result in a DUI, so don’t take your chances. Stay smart.
Remember these facts as you make your plans this Fourth of July. Don’t plan to get behind the wheel at all if you know you’re going to be drinking.
If you do happen to get busted for drunk driving, contact Titan Bail Bonds at 615-796-4955. This kind of thing is what we’re here for!