Holiday drunk driving turns celebration into tragedy


This year, as we celebrate our country’s birthday, thousands of families take to their cars,
driving to neighborhood cookouts, family picnics, and other summer festivities. Sadly, some
of those families’ Independence Day will end in tragedy, as too many irresponsible people
decide to drink and drive.

Unfortunately, their bad choices have lasting effects on families.
For as many good memories as the Fourth of July holiday can provide, it can also create
devastating nightmares for families who lose a loved one due to drunk driving.

During the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 92 people were killed
in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol
concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher, and 146 people died in crashes involving at least one
driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08. In fact, from 2011-2015, 39 percent of all
traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving

Join us for a family friendly event on July 3, at the Perry Field House Parking Lot
beginning at 8 p.m. Enjoy games, prizes, and the chance to interact with Bowling Green Fire
and EMS plus officers from the Bowling Green State University Police Department.
Activities continue until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. Please designate a driver and make it home safe.