Independence Day and Alcohol Do Not Mix

Independence Day and Alcohol Do Not MixIndependence Day is not only a time to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence with yearly BBQs, fireworks displays, and family reunions, but it’s also considered by many to be the official kick off to summer. Unfortunately, Independence Day and alcohol do not mix, and July 4th is considered one of the most dangerous days of the year for alcohol-related crashes.

Statistics tabulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show July 4th as the deadliest day of the year for almost 25 years.  A listing of NHTSA crash statistics posted in 2010 counted 491 traffic fatalities as taking place during the July 4 to 6 weekend, with 51% of those related to alcohol.

Across the nation, DUI task forces will be in place during the deadly 4th of July weekend and will be standing by at DUI saturation points and Sobriety checkpoints. Drivers can expect 0 tolerance policies across the board. DUI checks will also be taking place on the water, and boaters should be aware of the dangers and repercussions of drinking and driving a watercraft as well.