Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates are reminding motorists to stay safe behind the wheel this holiday weekend. Along with barbeques and family get-togethers, the 4th of July is also known for having an increase in injury causing and fatal car crashes, especially due to drinking and driving. On the Independence Day holiday weekend last year, 601 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Of those fatalities, 39 percent happened in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Additionally, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch and deter drunk drivers during the Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, the Labor Day holiday weekend is frequently associated with a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, during the Labor Day holidays from 2011 to 2015, more than 750 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.