The National Safety Council (NCS) labels Fourth of July as the deadliest driving holiday of the year. Last year, the four day travel period resulted in the death of an estimated 540 motorists and 58,000 serious injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, between 2007 and 2011, alcohol accounted for 61 traffic fatalities per day over the Fourth of July travel period, more than any other major holiday.
Below are some tips to help keep you safe on the roads this Fourth of July holiday weekend:
- Anticipate heavy traffic. Expect plenty of traffic on the roads this weekend. With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday this year, drivers can expect even more congestion on the roads. Avoid tailgating and engaging in aggressive driving behaviors. Practice defensive driving, focus on the road and keep your emotions in check while behind the wheel.
- Be aware of drunk drivers. Florida Highway Patrol’s DUI squad along with office personnel will be stepping up their efforts as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this Fourth of July. There are free options available to those who have had too much to drink, such as AAA’s “Tow to Go” Program. The service gives confidential rides for up to two people within a 10-mile radius. “Tow to Go” provides private party goers and licensed establishments a way to get people home safely. The service removes the number one excuse for drunk driving- the intoxicated motorist not wanting to leave his or her car. AAA will dispatch a tow truck and take both the driver and the vehicle home, free of charge. The number to call is 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO (1-855-286-9246).
- Do not drive distracted. Electronic devices, such as cell phones and GPS navigation systems are major distractions while behind the wheel. AAA advises drivers to program their GPS devices ahead of time, so these do not become a distraction while driving. Pull over at a rest stop to return phone calls or have a passenger deal with calls.
- Do not stop on the road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, drivers who stop on the side of road to take in a fireworks show are a “persistent hazard.” These people often choose to not go to the venue because they want a quick exit. This is a fairly common practice along 1-4 near Cranes Roost Park. Those who stop can expect to get a ticket this year.
We Want Everyone To Have A Safe 4th of July
Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, you cannot control the driving behaviors of others on Florida roadways. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you to stay safe on the roads this Fourth of July weekend. If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident or suffer injury as a result of someone else’s negligence over the 4th of July Holiday Weekend, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Attorney immediately. Our experienced team of car accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on this page or call 407-490-1271 to discuss your legal options in greater detail.