Authorities will be out in force looking for drunk drivers and other unsafe drivers in an effort to reduce the number of serious and fatal Massachusetts car accidents over the Fourth of July weekend.
Businessweek reports that AAA is anticipating a banner weekend of travel in New England. More than 1.7 million people are expected to be traveling in the six-state region through the Fourth of July weekend, an increase of more than 19 percent when compared to last year.
While New Year’s Eve gets the majority of attention when it comes to holiday travel risks and drunk driving accidents, statistics show that Thanksgiving and Fourth of July have been the deadliest holidays on the nation’s roads in recent years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nationwide, someone is killed in a drunk driving accident every 45 minutes. Alcohol-related Massachusetts car accidents accounted for more than 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2008, when 151 of the state’s 363 road deaths involved alcohol.
U.S. Holiday Traffic Fatalities in 2008:
New Year’s Day: 104
Memorial Day: 370
Fourth of July: 437
Labor Day: 423
New Year’s Eve: 37
Fatal Holiday Massachusetts Traffic Accidents in 2008:
New Year’s Day: 0
Memorial Day: 5
Fourth of July: 5
Labor Day: 5
New Year’s Eve: 0
If you have been injured in a Boston car accident or an accident elsewhere in Massachusetts, contact Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.