4th of July Florida Traffic Fatalities
4th of July can be Deadly on Florida Highways
The fourth of July is a time to load up the car and visit friends and relatives. Barbeques, pool parties, fireworks, and American flags signify a favorite American pastime. We should all enjoy the 4th of July and we should all live through the weekend. Statewide 48 people did not live through the 4th of July weekend in 2006. Can we do better July 4th 2007? With your help we can.
1. Avoid DUI by Planning Ahead
If you are going to a party plan for save sober transporation ahead of time. A designated driver that won't be drinking is your best bet. If you don't have a designated driver then load the number of your local taxi company in your cell phone. If you find yourself impaired and don't want to leave your car call Triple A, they will take you and your car home - see details below.
2. Wear Your Seatbelt
If you are in a car accident your seatbelt can save your life. Without it you are much more likely to die
3. Don't Speed
Speed kills - it's a simple as that. Go the speed limit and if it's raining, foggy, or conditions are otherwise dangerous slow down to a safe speed.
This year (2007) The Florida Higway Patrol will be out in force. Uniformed FHP personnel that are normally working in the office will be helping out the normal FHP patrol by patrolling The Florida Turnpike, I95, other interstates and other major roads throughout Florida.
The Florida Highway Patrol will be concentrating its efforts on impaired drivers, speeding, agressive drivers, and drivers that do not buckle up themseleves or child passengers. Nationally six out of ten children killed in car accidents are not restrained. These three behvaviors are the major cause of traffic deaths.
During the 4th of July weekend in Florida in 2006, 48 people died in car crashes in Florida - 31 of those incidents were investigated by the Florida Higway Patrol. These traffic related deaths took place throughout the state of Florida from Miami to Jacksonville and occurred in 30 separate traffic accidents. Tragically 55 percent of the traffic fatalities were alcohol related and 59 percent of the people killed were not wearing seat belts.
As holidays go the 4th of July is right at the top of the list when it comes to drinking alcohol. Because much of the drinking starts early (at daytime activities) there are many DUIs. The Florida Highway Patrol charged 198 drivers with driving under the influence during the 4th of July weekend in 2006.
Imagine you have had a few too many drinks and you need a ride home. What stops you – and many other drivers – from driving drunk is your car. You don’t want to leave your car and you don’t have to. Program this phone number in to your cell phone – 1-800-222-4357. That’s the number for AAA (American Automobile Association) South. During every major holiday they will dispatch a tow truck to pick up you and your car and drive you home. The service is called Tow to Go and is available to Members and Nonmembers.
For the one-zillionth time – wear a seat belt. This is getting to the point of a basic IQ test. Wearing a seat belt indicates you probably have an IQ over 80. Not wearing a seat belt confirms you aren’t smart enough to drive a car, period. The basic concept is this – your car acts like a protective shell for you. If you are wearing a seat belt, you are held firmly in your seat. If you are not wearing a seatbelt nothing stops you from banging around in the car like a ping-pong ball or flying out a window in the case of an accident.
Fourty eight people died on Floriday roads and highways during the 4th of July weekend in 2006. Thirty one of the deaths were investigated by The Florida Highway Patrol over the five-day July 4th holiday driving period, which started on June 30 and ended July 4, 2006.
Detailed Traffic Statistics as report by the Florida Highway Patrol
Florida State Troopers:
As we approach the 4th of July 2007 The Florida Highway Patrol, Sheriffs, and local police departments are gearing up for the worst. The hope is that people won’t drive drunk, won’t speed, and will wear a seatbelt. If that happened in 2006 more Floridians would be celebrating the 4th of July this year.florida dmv
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