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Staying Safe July 4th: Drunk Driving Statistics

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July 4th is a day to spend time with family and friends in celebration of America’s liberation from Great Britain. But like many other national holidays, it’s also a weekend where thousands are expected to abuse alcohol and add to the drunk driving statistics in the U.S. Ironically, drunk driving statistics prove Americans are most likely to lose the very same freedom they are celebrating; specifically regarding culprits and casualties of drinking and driving. According to The Nationaalcoholl Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4th of July weekend ranks as the deadliest holiday of the year as a result of alcohol-related traffic accidents for the past quarter century.

Drunk Driving Statistics

As you begin to think about how to celebrate our nation’s independence, consider the following drunk driving statistics compiled by the NHTSA, the FBI, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With these statistics in mind, be proactive in taking precautions to keep yourself, and those around you safe the July 4th.

Over the past 25 years, 51% of all deadly crashes on 4th of July weekend are alcohol-related.

On 4th of July weekend in 2008 (most recent study by the NHTSA), drunk driving statistics show that 43% of the 491 fatalities on the road were a result of alcohol-impaired driving.

On average, an individual drives drunk about 80 times before an arrest.

Individuals between the ages of 21 and 24 are involved in 36% of fatal alcohol-related car accidents.

66% of car accidents occurring between midnight and 3am involve an alcohol impaired driver.

4 out 5 people who drink and drive are male.

Wisconsin has the most alcohol-related traffic violations, where 23.7% of drivers over the age of 16 drink and drive.

900,000 people are arrested every year for DUI; One-third of those are repeat offenders.

90% of drunk driving happens after drinking with co-workers, family, or friends.

Have A Happy Sober July 4th!

Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

Know your tolerance, and make a commitment to not exceed it before drinking begins.

Always have a designated sober driver who will hold car keys of those who plan on drinking.

If you’re impaired, or someone you know intends to drink and drive, call a taxi, a sober friend, or use public transportation to ensure safe travel.

If you would like to learn more about alcohol abuse and alcohol treatment options, please contact The Watershed at 1-800-861-1768.

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