AMA: July 4 holiday ranked as deadliest day for road users
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation show that an average of 122 people died in traffic crashes on July 4 each year from 2011 to 2015, making it the deadliest day of the year for road users.
Alcohol consumption and excessive speed were among the leading factors in those deadly crashes.
Holiday weekends always mean more traffic on the roads. In addition to the celebration of our nation’s founding, the holiday weekend offers the chance for picnics, motorcycling and backyard cookouts. Communities across the country will stage festivals with live music, food, drink and fireworks displays.
People traveling to and from their celebrations should exercise extra caution on the roads. Impaired and distracted driving become more prevalent during holiday travel times, increasing the risk to all motorists. But motorcyclists are always more vulnerable than other drivers.
“Remain alert, drive sober and watch for motorcyclists,” Dingman said. “Motorists and motorcyclists, alike, should leave extra space between their vehicles and those nearby, take an extra look before changing lanes or making a left turn and reduce your speed for extra safety. We want everyone to enjoy the holiday and to arrive safely at their destinations.”