Independence Day weekend is a dangerous time on America’s roadways, according to the National Safety Council. From 6 p.m. Thursday through the end of Sunday, the NSC estimates there will be 381 traffic fatalities and another 20,000 disabling injuries.
It also estimates that seat belts will save 336 lives this holiday weekend and an additional 88 lives could be saved if all passengers wore seat belts.
Law enforcement will be out in full force nationwide to enact a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving. On Independence Day and New Years Day, 42 percent of all traffic fatalities are due to alcohol, the highest among all holidays.