The Fourth of July is one of the best holidays to just kick back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather. Maybe meet some friends. Have a barbecue. And, of course, watch some beautiful fireworks displays.
Some people do these things from home, but a lot of us head out to parks or parties or other events. Unfortunately, driving on the Fourth of July weekend puts your life at risk in a big way – it’s one of the most deadly times to drive.
No, that is not a typo.
Drunk driving kills around 10,000 people each year… but up to 40% of those deaths occur on Fourth of July weekend.
That’s right. Almost half of all DUI-related deaths on a yearly basis occur over the span of three days.
Well, picture the typical Fourth of July event. You’re at a nice, outdoor picnic – maybe at your nearby public park – with friends and family. You’re grilling out, enjoying a few beers, and watching the fireworks. By the time you head home, it’s dark out and the roads are crowded with people who have been doing the same thing as you all day.
In other words, lots of people who have been drinking and relaxing all day. Who are now going to be sharing the road together. Even if most of those people drank responsibly, you can be sure that some did not. And even those who just had a drink or two all day may be more impaired