The Fourth of July holiday can be an incredibly fun couple of days filled with barbecues, boating, fireworks, parades, time with family and friends and lots of good food. During all of these fun events many people also choose to drink as a part of their festivities. Unfortunately, thousands of people, some of whom over the legal limit to operate a vehicle, will go to their cars and head home, causing potential danger.
However, what people might not know is that they are about to enter one of the deadliest days of the year for driving. Although the 4th of July holiday might be one of America’s favorites, it can also turn into one of the deadliest holidays of the year, all because of drunken driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, during the Independence Day holiday weekend of 2015 (from 6 p.m. July 2nd to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 146 people were killed in crashes that involved at least one drunk driver with a BAC of .08 or higher. Also, 92 people died in crashes involving at least one drunk driver with a BAC of .15 or higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit in all states.
Because of these stats for the Fourth of July weekend year after year, it’s important to plan everything in advance, including a designated driver. If you choose to drink during the holiday festivities, choose to call a friend or rely on a rideshare app to get you safely to your destination.
Police will be on patrol, doing their best to remind people the importance of either driving sober or getting pulled over. With all of the different options for getting around, there is no excuse for choosing to drive while intoxicated this Independence Day.
However, we know that nothing can fully prevent a drunk driver from starting their vehicle like an Intoxalock ignition interlock. Our interlocks help to stop a person from driving while intoxicated with an in-car breathalyzer. If a person submits a breath sample over the legal limit, they will not be allowed to start their car. Retests are required through the duration of the drive to ensure that the driver remains sober.
If the stats aren’t enough for you, look into the cost of a DUI, both the financial burden of it, and the steps you would need to take to get back to driving again and living a normal life. A DUI can cost you your freedom. When it’s all said and done, driving drunk or even buzzed is not worth the potential consequences.