Be careful on our Florida roadways this Fourth of July holiday weekend, if not to avoid a costly traffic ticket than to avoid a serious or fatal car accident in Boca Raton and elsewhere in Florida. The Fourth of July typically sees more car accident fatalities than any other holiday weekend of the year. An increased number of Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be out on our roadways starting Friday afternoon through midnight on July 4 to help decrease the number of fatal accidents.
“The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to making Florida’s highways safer, and we plan to do that by bolstering our forces to reduce the number and severity of crashes,” said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton. “Our troopers will take appropriate enforcement action on those drivers who put themselves and others in danger. We want everyone to have a safe traveling experience in our state as they enjoy the holiday weekend. I encourage motorists to do their part by complying with all traffic laws and making sure everyone in their vehicle is buckled up.”
Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys remind you that the Fourth of July holiday weekend has repeatedly been ranked as the deadliest holiday of the year on our roadways. When people think of a deadly holiday, they usually will associate it with New Year’s Day. That’s wrong! That association is probably why more people stay off the roads during that time than during the Fourth of July. As a matter of fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimated that nearly 40 million people will travel this holiday weekend.
To help combat the high number of fatal accidents, all uniformed FHP personnel will be out patrolling interstates and other major state roads throughout the state. There will even be FHP Auxiliary and Reserve troopers volunteering their time to assist the Patrol’s forces. The state’s strategy aims to increase the presence of Patrol units to help to discourage motorists from breaking the rules of the road.
The Fourth of July has almost always been at the top of the list for the deadliest holiday on our roadways. Researches have been gathering and analyzing traffic statistics for the last 25 years, according to Fox Business. Not only does this holiday see more fatal accidents, but it has also been concluded that more than 50 percent of these deadly traffic accidents are related to alcohol.
In 2009, nearly 500 people died in car accidents that occurred during the three-day Fourth of July weekend. This holiday weekend has been proven time and time again to be more deadly than Labor Day, New Year’s, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“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.”