Drunk Driving Accidents Spike over July 4 Holiday

July 4 is one of America’s favorite holidays. It’s also a time when millions of Americans get on the highways, tempers flare and accidents spike.

It’s a time when accidents caused by drunk driving are also more prevalent.

You should never drink and drive. If you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, there’s an increased chance that you will get in trouble with the law over the holiday.

don't drive drunk on July 4

Virginia State Police is stepping up its patrols over the holiday weekend. Troopers will  be keeping a look out for:

  • Drunk drivers;
  • Speeding drivers;
  • Drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts.
  • Improperly restrained chidren.

Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for Virginia State Police, said increased patrols would take place over the holiday weekend from Friday to Monday. The patrols are part of a national program called Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), she said.

In a press release, W. Steven Flaherty, VSP Superintendent, alluded to an “alarming number of fatal traffic crashes” in Virginia over the last two weeks.

The state police provided last year’s figures as an illustration of how many drivers are arrested in these kinds of operations.

In 2015, troopers arrested 2,266 reckless drivers over the weekend of July 4. They cited 828 people for failing to wear a seatbelt and 329 people for child safety seat violations over the three-day period. State police arrested 96 people for drunk driving.

In past years we have seen a rise in fatal accidents in Virginia over the July 4 holiday. While the figure of four deaths was lower than usual in 2015, 11 people died on the highways of the Commonwealth the previous year.

One death is too many. If you lose a loved one to a drunk driver, or if you are injured, you have rights. You can read more about DUI accidents in Virginia, here.

It’s also illegal to drive under the influence of any narcotic drug in Virginia. In some cases, the victims of drunk drivers can qualify for punitive, or extra damages in a lawsuit against a drunk driver if they refused to take a breath test or had a BAC of .15% or above.

If you are attending a party this July 4 and plan to be drinking alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver or call Uber. There’s never any excuse for driving drunk.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers sue drunk drivers. We never represent them. Call us at (757) 455-0077.


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