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Deadliest Day of the Year, 4th of July


St. Paul, MINNESOTA (WXOW)- The 4th of July is the deadliest day of the year on the road in Minnesota.  That's according to the State Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.  The department said the state had 19-road deaths on the holiday during the last five years.

A major factor for the deaths was drunk driving, which accounted for 13 of the holiday's deaths ,a rate which far eclipses Minnesota's annual percentage of deaths as a result of drunk driving, historically around 30 percent.

Added DWI patrols will be on the roads during the holiday period in the Twin Cities area.

"Independence Day delivers a potentially tragic scenario on the road with nice weather, more celebrationsand added traffic volume," says Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "It's up to each of us to make smart decisions behind the wheel and that includes planning ahead to lock in a sober ride."

Midway through the year, there have been 154 traffic deaths, up from 145at this time in 2012.

Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving
·      Planfor a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
·      Offerto be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
·      Buckleup — the best defense against a drunk driver.
·      Reportdrunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.
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