By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Last week we covered 4th of July safety tips but there’s another danger, even more dangerous than fireworks. Automobile accidents!

The Fourth of July is one of the most traveled and celebrated holidays in the United States. This year is no different, and more people are expected to travel due to the holiday. So, just what are some of the Fourth of July travel statistics, and how can we make this a safer holiday for everyone involved?

It’s estimated there will be 3.5 million southern Californians on the road this weekend. That’s a 3.9% increase than 2018. 2.8 million will be traveling by car.


During the last 10 years, Independence Day has the highest traffic accident statistics. A total of 2,743 deaths are occurring annually in the USA on the 4th of July. The second highest death rate is on the 3rd of July with an annual death rate of 2,534. This is for accidents alone. This is why this is the deadliest holiday in the United States.

Drunk driving is the number one reason why there are so many road accidents and fatal accidents on Independence Day. The scary part is that this isn’t only those who were drinking and driving that is involved in a fatal accident. The innocent people are also involved in these accidents because they couldn’t avoid the accidents.

Driving Safety Tips:

The Fourth of July is America’s top drinking holiday and one of the top days to get into a car accident, so make sure you have a designated driver if you know you are going to go out and drink.

Drive the speed limit. There are more crazy and drunk people on the road than usual today. Be careful, be cautious.

Put the cell phone away!

Leave early. Give yourself plenty of time.

Be patient and be a courteous driver.

Drive safe and Happy 4th of July!