Independence Day falls on a Monday this year, creating a three-day holiday weekend for many Pennsylvanians. It allows plenty of time to celebrate with friends and family at barbecues, picnics and other get-togethers, putting many motorists out on the road.
Unfortunately, when you add alcohol to these holiday festivities, accidents can, and do, happen. This is especially true on holiday weekends such as July 4, when police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers through increased patrols and DUI checkpoints.
How big of an issue is drunk driving over the Independence Day weekend? Consider this: The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) reports that in 2014 (the newest statistics available), there were 164 drunk-driving fatalities over the Independence Day weekend.
Those 2014 numbers are no fluke: From 2010 to 2014, there were 752 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the Fourth of July holiday, according to the NTHSA.
In fact, those DUI-related deaths accounted for 41 percent of the 397 people killed in all motor-vehicle crashes over the same period. Here are some more sobering statistics:
At Edgar Snyder & Associates we understand how tragic DUI-related crashes can be—we've represented people affected by these types of accidents over the past 30 years.
The good news is this: DUI crashes—and the injuries and fatalities they cause—are completely preventable.
As you set your weekend agenda, make sure that safety is part of the plan. Here are some simple tips to ensure you and your guests drive safely this holiday weekend:
We wanted to take the opportunity to remind you to take Edgar Snyder & Associate's Safe Driving Pledge—we will enter you for a chance to win a $100 gift card just for signing up. We also wanted to wish you all have a safe, happy Fourth of July weekend—where you remember to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.