July 4th is the Deadliest Day for Drivers

July 4th is the Deadliest Day for Drivers

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On the fourth of July, you can expect people traveling to visit family, friends, or a place to get away from their normal daily routine.

"We plan to go down to the Bay house and we are going to do some fishing and crabbing and watch the fireworks," said Ann Grech.

"We plan on headed to Biloxi casino for a few days," said Dwyane Black.

Recent data shows, for drivers across the nation, the fourth of July is the deadliest. So just how many people are expected to lose their lives on this Independence Day?

"Just to guess I would say 2 or 3 hundred," said Roy Scott.

"Gosh that's a morbid number, 5 thousand, 10 thousand?" said Olivia Griffin.

According to statistics, 134 people currently alive and breathing, won't be, by days end of July 4th. The next question is why?

"Non-signaling is probably the worst. I mean they pull over in front of you," said Don & Lynn Pesek.

"Drive to slow or too fast," said Mike Detar.

"When ever you are trying to get into a lane, please let the person in," said Olivia Griffin.

Accidents are caused for a number of reasons, including texting while driving. 20-year old Paisley Wade, lost two of her friends on July 4th a few years ago.

"I know my first girlfriend Ashley, she was texting her mom saying she would be there soon, and that's when somebody came in sideways, apparently she ran a red light and the other girl was going off the road not paying attention. She was texting and her car ran off the road way," said Wade.

But according to the insurance institute for highway safety, texting is not the top factor in fatal July 4th accidents - it's alcohol.

"It's a festive day. You have people going to picnics and bar-b-ques. There are more vehicles on the road on July 4th making crashes more likely, but we also know that alcohol plays a greater factor in crashes on July 4th," said Russ Radar, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

And Triple AAA agrees, "You have that alcohol factor involved. You have more teenaged drivers out on the roads, that time because it's summer. It's sort of a recipe for more accidents," said Clay Ingram.

Triple A says if you plan on drinking it does have a free tow service - called Tow for Life. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP. The service will take you home, and tow your car as well. The first 10 miles are free, after that there is a fee.

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