MADD Reminds Motorists to Designate A Sober Driver this Fourth of July
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 161 people were killed in drunken driving accidents nationwide over the Fourth of July weekend in 2011. Data is still being collected for 2012, but overall this increase represents a 70 percent increase in the average number of drunken driving deaths per day.
These statistics are unnerving for everyone, but are unacceptable (rightfully so) to the Louisiana members of MADD who are dedicated to getting the urgent message out to residents to designate a sober driver in any event. Alcohol hasn’t only been a factor in fatalities on the road, but boating accidents as well. The U.S. Coast Guard reported 17 boating fatalities last year from drinking. The message is clear. Plan ahead for your Fourth of July festivities and designate a driver. Your responsibility could mean the difference between life and death.