According to the AARP, the 4th of July is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. It is second only to New Year’s Day for drunk driving deaths. As this information sinks in, realize that the statistic does not specify who was injured or killed during the accident. The drunk driver could have been killed, or an innocent bystander could have lost their life. When a person chooses to drive drunk, it puts their life and the lives of others at risk.
Regardless of how high the fatalities are or the consequences a person will face, people still choose to drink and drive. Being arrested is not enough of a deterrent, because many of the risk-takers do not believe anything will happen to them.
Here are a few facts that will hopefully make everyone think twice about drinking and driving over the 4th of July weekend:
- On an average yearly rate at this time, about 11,000 people die in (DUI) accidents. An astonishing 1/3 of those arrested for a DUI are repeat offenders.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “from the 2008- 2012 span, 765 people died in Fourth of July drunken-driving crashes, accounting for about 40 percent of traffic fatalities during the five year period.”
These statistics alone should dissuade drunk driving.
DUIs at Night
Drinking and driving fatalities are increasingly high at night.
- The NHTSA calculated that, “ drivers involved in fatal crashes on July 4, 2012, had rates of impairment 2.5 times higher at night than during the day.”
Instead of taking unnecessary chances by driving home after a night of drinking, you should just sleep it off until the next day.
- Because of the thousands of deadly drinking and driving incidents every year during the 4th of July, the police set DUI checkpoints in various places to catch drunk drivers in the act. They have the legal right to search you and your vehicle if they suspect you have been drunk driving. These checkpoints can be anywhere and at any time.
To add to the magnitude of being arrested, keep in mind that since it will be a holiday weekend, you will spend the entire weekend–and maybe longer–in a holding cell before appearing in front of a judge for bail.
If you or someone you know has been victimized by the recklessness of a drunk driver, call a personal injury lawyer for assistance in getting you the justice you deserve.
Avoid drunk driving at anytime; especially during the 4th of July holiday. It may save someone’s life, including your own.