Michigan Ranks Top Ten for Deadliest Crashes During Fourth of July Weekend

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ranks Michigan in the top ten for deadliest crashes during the Fourth of July due to impaired driving.

“Michigan does have a peak in fatalities around the Fourth of July weekend,” said Heidi King, the NHTSA Deputy Administrator.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says while Michigan is in the top 10 for deadliest crashes during the Fourth of July due to impaired driving, it doesn’t have to be that way.

“It’s critically important that people recognize, there’s no need for this. This can arrange for a safe ride, call a ride share or take a taxi,” said King.

They say the best thing to do is plan ahead.

“The reason that’s so important is because once somebody’s had a couple of drinks, they’re not going to be making decisions as well as before they had drinks so plan in advance for a ride share, for a designated driver, for a taxi or take a bus,” said King.

While there’s advertisements to remind people to think twice before getting behind the wheel, the NHTSA says law enforcement is the most effective.

“They’ll be pulling people over, identifying impaired drivers and arresting them in order to keep us all safe on our roads,” said King.

Michigan State Police are cracking down on impaired drivers starting today until July 14.

“It’s a zero tolerance time for enforcement for us. We’re going to be out there looking for those types of violations but also enforcing other things that are safety related such as speeding and seat belt violations,” said Lt. Travis House with the Michigan State Police.

If you spot an impaired driver on the road, report it.

“Let law enforcement know so that law enforcement can remove somebody from the road before someone is killed. You might be saving someone’s life either to report an impaired driver or to take the keys from someone before they get behind the wheel,” said King.