Undated (WXOW) - Law enforcement agencies from throughout the Midwest are bracing for the deadliest holiday of the year due to impaired driving crashes by increasing enforcement on our roads.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired drivers will extend through July 6th.
Statistics gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that 392 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2010 July 4th holiday.
More troubling, data indicates a dramatic increase in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. For example, during the course of the year, 31 percent of all traffic related crashes in the United States involve an impaired driver; during the July 4th holiday that percentage jumps to 39 percent.
Impaired driving is one of America's deadliest problems. In 2010 alone, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the United States. That's an average of one impaired driving fatality every 51 minutes.
The State Patrol emphasized the need for motorists to remember the following guidelines for enjoying a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their lives and the lives of the others who may be on the road:
For more information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
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