Driving During Holiday Weekends

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Over the last decade holiday weekends like Labor Day, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving have become some of the most dangerous weekends for car crashes. So it’s important that you practice extra road safety when those weekends come around.

Because holiday weekends are all about celebrating and having fun with family and friends you will often find because drivers are distracted, aggressive, and often times impaired by drugs or alcohol. And increased numbers of cars on highways do not help the situation.

Holiday Death Rates Have Decreased

Death rates in Arizona from car, truck and motorcycle crashes have decrease by almost 50% in the last several years. While at the same time crashes remain the leading cause of death for people between 3 and 34. 710 Arizonans died from vehicle crashes in 2009. The highest rates are found in males, American Indians, people aged 20 through 24 years, and residents of rural counties.


Between 2005 and 2009 Arizona worked to improve roadways, as well as implemented a graduated driver’s license for people under the age of 18, and worked to strengthen DUI laws and enforcement.

Increased Holiday Law Enforcement

As holiday weekends approach Arizona municipal and state police prepare for the increased traffic on state roads and highways by first warning drivers and passengers to buckle up. Not only is it the law, but it also just makes everyone safer. Arizona is just one of the states participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” program. Increased patrols on all major roads and highways will not only be looking for impaired and distracted drivers, but also specifically watching for anyone not wearing a seat belt, and issuing citations accordingly.

So remember - it’s not only important to practice safe driving and awareness, but it’s equally important to buckle up, no matter if you’re a driver or a passenger.

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