Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.
According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2008 to 2012), 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.
Seaside Police will add officer this Fourth of July weekend joining officers from throughout the Northwest in removing drunk/impaired drivers from our city streets. We hope everyone will enjoy themselves this Fourth of July and encourage you drink responsibly. Better yet if you are going to drink, pick a designated driver or call a cab. Don’t let you Fourth of July be ruined with an arrest for Drunk-Driving.
Chief Robert Gross
Seaside Police Department
Seaside, OR 97138