GRANVILLE – There were 397 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 7th). Of those fatalities, 164 people (41 percent) were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher.
In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide, almost a third of all crash fatalities. And from 2010-2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
Nation wide, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Yet, among the 164 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the 2014 July Fourth period, 113 people died in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher, almost twice the set limit.
This Fourth of July, the Licking County Safe Communities Coalition is reminding you law enforcement will be out in full force, cracking down on drunk drivers by aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.
“We are warning people now, don’t even try to get away with drinking and driving,” said Lt. Kevin Miller, Ohio State Highway Patrol Granville Post Commander. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving, so we will not tolerate it on our roads, no excuses.”