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July 4th Is Deadliest Day On Roads

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 06:31 PM CDT

Nothing is more American than a good old fashioned Fourth of July celebration.  But getting there is landing too many people in trouble. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that between 2008 and 2012, July 4th crashes claimed a total of 630 lives making it the deadliest day of the year on American roads.  Isias Palacios knows why.  We caught him enjoying the day with his family at the Frontier Days July 4th parade in Round Rock.  He says, "Everybody gets to have fun, get out in the sun, have a few beers, then they make the decision of driving while intoxicated and then we have accidents and tragedies."

Insurance experts agree alcohol contributes to making July 4th so deadly on our roads, and that's something authorities are working to change.  Texas DPS Trooper Robbie Barrera chimes in, "We want people to drink responsibly. Don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking."

And partygoers need to do their part, too, to reduce the death toll.  Blake Hunter, another Frontier Days celebrant adds, "I think they should be trying to designate a driver. I think they should be looking at other methods of transportation to make it home safely."

Other life-saving tips:

--Avoid in-car distractions like texting.

--Get your rest so you'll be alert.

--Stay focused.

Ironically, alternatives to driving yourself home were in short supply in Austin this July 4th.  Capital Metro ran a Saturday schedule and the MetroRail did not run on this holiday.

By Fred Cantu

July 4th Is Deadliest Day On Roads

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