Ahead of July 4th, MADD Reminds Public That Drunk Driving Is Still the Biggest Roadway Threat

As families and friends across America make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with barbecues and beach outings, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Tom Udall and Congresswoman Nita Lowey want to remind everyone that drunk driving is still the biggest killer on our roadways.

“If your plans include alcohol, designate a non-drinking driver to make sure celebrations don’t end in tragedy,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church, whose 18-year-old son Dustin was killed in an underage drunk and drugged driving crash. “We know the summer months put more people on the road, and we want everyone to stay safe this summer.”

In 2015, 146 people were killed in drunk driving crashes over the July 4 holiday (6pm 07/02/2015-5:59am 07/06/2015), representing 36 percent of all traffic fatalities during that period. Many people will start their long weekend on Friday, stretching the holiday over five days and putting more travelers on the road.

“As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, it is important to remember that impaired driving is a preventable crime. I look forward to continuing my work with MADD to eliminate drunk and drugged driving and save lives,” Senator Capito said.

Senator Udall reminds that there is still much to do to eliminate drunk driving.

“As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, let’s come together to make this country safer and stronger — by recommitting to ending drunk driving once and for all,” Udall said. “I’ve proudly championed tough measures, alongside MADD, to end drunk driving as New Mexico’s attorney general and in Congress. But our fight is far from over, and we must strengthen our resolve to eliminate these completely preventable tragedies, over the holidays and every day.”

“We need to put the brakes on the two-year trend in traffic death increases,” Congresswoman Lowey said.

Every year, about 10,000 people die as the result of drunk driving and 290,000 are injured. The number of deaths caused by drunk driving increased for the first time in 50 years in 2015, and is expected to rise again when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases the 2016 traffic fatalities later this year.

Because of the increase in these 100 percent preventable tragedies, MADD is redoubling our…

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