Fatal Springfield Car Accidents Common on Fourth of July

Fatal Springfield Car Accidents Common on Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is the number one holiday for alcohol-related fatal car accidents, according to MSN.

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Missouri law enforcement, including the Springfield police, will be teaming up with a number of agencies to aim their enforcement efforts towards drunk drivers over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to Ozarks First. Officers will be setting up a number of DWI checkpoints throughout the area from July 1st to July 4th to bust those who drive under the influence of alcohol.

Police are joining forces to help keep motorists safe on our roadways and to reduce your risks of being involved in a car accident in Missouri over the holiday weekend.

Our St. Louis car accident attorneys understand that holidays are a deadly time to be on our roadways. It is estimated every year that hundreds of Americans die because of alcohol-related traffic accidents. This upcoming holiday, Independence Day, has continuously ranked as the top holiday for deadly accidents. It’s has even proven to be deadlier than New Year’s Day.

“Driving while intoxicated is simply not worth all the consequences,” said Captain Ronald S. Johnson, commanding officer of Troop C of the Missouri Highway Patrol. “Our message is simple and unwavering, You Drink and Drive, You Lose.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and 25 years of research, Fourth of July almost always tops the list for the most dangerous holiday on our roadways. Statistics over the past 25 years show that, on average, about 50 percent of all fatal traffic crashes on the Fourth of July were related to alcohol.

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Back in 2008, which are the latest statistics available, nearly 500 people died in car accidents during the three-day Independence Day weekend. Out those fatalities, more than 40 percent died as a result of alcohol-impaired driving.

When people think of drunk driving and holidays, they may think of New Year’s Day, or late on New Year’s Eve. For this reason, a number of motorists stay off the roadway. However, most people don’t associate drunk driving with the Fourth of July. And with millions of people expected to be on the roads this Fourth of July weekend, the risk of an accident is real.

“Drunk driving is a major public safety threat that still claims thousands of lives every year,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in a recent media release. “Many states continue to step up their efforts to get drunk drivers off our roads, but the numbers tell us we have to do more.”

These types of accidents can obviously be devastating because of the injuries, or fatalities, involved. But what is equally frustrating is how preventable they are. Please drive safely and designate a driver or stop someone you’re with from driving if they are intoxicated. Paying a few dollars for a cab, train or sub ride is worth it to save someone’s life.

If you have been injured in a Missouri car accident, contact St. Louis Injury Attorney Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

More Blog Entries:

Memorial Day Weekend Fast Approaching – Increased Risk of St. Louis Car Accidents, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, May 23, 2011

St. Louis drivers urged not to rely on dumb luck in avoiding car accidents this St. Patrick’s Day, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, March 16, 2011

Pledge not to drink and drive in 2011; nearly half of all fatal St. Louis car accidents involve alcohol, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, January 8, 2011

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