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San Diego Drunk Driving Crashes Spike on Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July weekend is synonymous with backyard barbeques and family fun. Unfortunately, it is also linked to a spike in drunk driving crashes.

In 2014, over the Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 7th), 164 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Those preventable fatalities accounted for 41 percent of the 397 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the Fourth of July period.

Overall, the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes during the 2014 July Fourth period was over three times higher at night than it was during the day. Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also reveals that young drivers (18 to 34 years old) are especially at risk of driving drunk. In fact, 58 percent of the drivers 18 to 34 years old who were killed over the July Fourth period in 2014 were driving drunk. Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2014, more than a quarter of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

For many, gathering with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day also involves alcohol. With this in mind, we would like to encourage all of our readers to celebrate responsibly. Below are a few tips from NHTSA:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
  • Designate a sober driver or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app at
  • Use your community’s sober ride program.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement.
  • If you know people who are about to drive or ride after drinking, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injury in a California impaired driving accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. After a serious car crash, we can advocate on your behalf to help hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions and seek the compensation you deserve.