Stay safe on the road today

Independence Day typically is a time for barbecues, family gatherings and celebrating the birth of our nation. However, for some travelers, this Fourth of July will end in tragedy.

According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4 is now the deadliest day on the road for all Americans. Based on the latest available data, the IIHS reports that more than 670 people were killed on July 4 from 2007 to 2011, which equates to an average of 134 deaths on that day each year.

There are simple things we all can do this holiday, such as putting down the phone and never texting while driving, which can help make sure that everyone returns home safely after their celebrations.

Parents also play an important role in protecting teen drivers. According to research from the Allstate Foundation, teens have said that their parents are the No. 1 influence behind the wheel. Safe driving behavior starts by modeling how you want your teen to drive, and by sitting “shotgun” with your new teen driver.

By taking a few simple steps, we can all have a safe and happy July 4.

Robby Grandle

Martinez

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