MINNEAPOLIS — Mothers Against Drunk Driving urges everyone to celebrate safely by planning ahead and designating a non-drinking, non-impaired driver over the July 4 holiday long weekend.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 201 people died in alcohol-related crashes between 6:00 p.m. July 2 and 5:59 a.m. July 6, 2020. % of fatal crashes occurred at night, between 6 p.m. 5:59 a.m.
“We want everyone to celebrate the 4th of July weekend with a plan that keeps them, their families and their communities safe,” said Veronica Hawman, MADD Regional Executive Director for Minnesota, North Dakota. North and South Dakota, in a press release. “Whether you’re on a road trip, driving a few blocks from a friend’s house, or out on the water for the day, the safest choice is to never drink and drive. a vehicle.”
In 2020, 542 drivers killed in road crashes had blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher, and 51% were between the ages of 21 and 34.
Drink-driving deaths are increasing at an alarming rate. Preliminary estimates for 2021 show that more than 12,000 people have been killed by drunk driving – the highest number since 2007. In 2020, one person was killed in a drunk driving accident every the 45 minutes.
On the water, alcohol consumption is the largest known contributing factor to boating fatalities and incidents in the United States. Alcohol was listed as the primary contributing factor in 16% of boating-related deaths in 2021.
“As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we can all help keep our communities safe by making the right choices. If you drink, don’t drive or drive a boat,” Hawman said.
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the nation’s largest nonprofit that fights drunk driving, helps fight drunk driving, influence of drugs, supports the victims of these violent crimes and prevents underage drinking. For more information, visit madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.