It’s finally 4th of July weekend, which means a (much deserved) day off for most of us, a chance to relax outside with BBQ and friends, and the yearly celebration of our country’s independence. Unfortunately, it also means that many California drivers will abuse their freedom by choosing to drive drunk. But since 4th of July weekend has accompanied a spike in drunk drivers and car accidents in past years, the California Highway Patrol has said that it will boost DUI patrols this weekend. So in order to stay safe and avoid a ticket, never get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

In 2009, 410 people were killed in car accidents during 4th of July weekend, and 40 percent of those accidents involved drunk drivers. California alone mourned 7 DUI deaths that weekend, with an additional 352 injured in accidents at least partially caused by drunk drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To cut down on these drunk driving fatalities and injuries, the California Highway Patrol is boosting DUI enforcement statewide. In the San Jose area, for example, the Santa Clara County Sherriff’s Office has announced the “Avoid the 13” DUI Taskforce, which is charged with preventing drunk drivers from causing car accidents before it’s too late. Last year, the Department was responsible for 94 DUI arrests over the four day holiday weekend, according to Sgt. Rick Sung.

DUI prevention techniques like this will be out in force throughout California all weekend long. So if you’re not dissuaded by the reckless danger of driving under the influence, avoid it also to avoid getting ticketed during Forth of July weekend. And while you’re at it, if a friend or family member is considering driving drunk, take away their keys and call a cab.

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.