We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation’s roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.
Every day, law enforcement officers work endless hours to keep community members safe. The decisions drivers make before getting behind the wheel of a car affect law enforcement officers’ work, and impaired driving can be one of the deadliest factors. In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving-related crashes. To put it into perspective, that’s one person killed every 51 minutes. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing, with no survivors.
This Fourth of July, as friends and family travel to picnics and barbecues across the country, the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department along with other law enforcement across Vermont will be out in full force, stopping impaired drivers by aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. As you prepare to drive home from the festivities, keep in mind that even one drink can be one too many.
This Fourth of July and every day, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over