According to CBS News, the Fourth of July is the most dangerous day of the year for drivers. Nearly 42 million Americans were estimated to plan to drive 50 miles or more from home over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that between 2009 and 2013, 612 people died in crashes on the Fourth of July, 42 percent of those involved a drunk driver.
“I think July the Fourth is a day of celebration that often involves alcohol,” said Anne McCartt, a senior vice president for IIHS. “I think people are just in a lighter mood, they may be more likely to have other people in the car, maybe not paying close attention.”
Troopers expected DUIs to start increasing in the afternoon this past Saturday, July the Fourth, and continue well into the night. IIHS found that July 3rd through July 5th are all in the top 15 most deadly days on the road.
If you or someone you know have been stopped, questioned, or arrested for driving under the influence, the first call you should make is to a qualified DUI defense attorney. We are available 24/7 on our on-call attorney line at 253-691-4453.