Many Fourth of July celebrations involve alcohol, which increases the possibility of impaired driving. Therefore, the Patrol urges motorists to drive carefully and follow all traffic laws.
During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from June 30 through July 4, a total of 21 fatal crashes killed 21 people. This includes eight OVI-related fatal crashes that killed eight people. The patrol recorded 922 OVI arrests during the reporting period.
“This Fourth of July, don’t risk losing your life or taking someone else’s,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Make this a safe holiday for everyone by planning a sober ride home.”
Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.