KIMT News 3 — While most are using the day to honor the birth of our country, it’s important to remember how dangerous a day it can be.
July Fourth is historically one of the deadliest days on Minnesota roads.
Over the past five years, 19 people have died on the roads on this holiday.
Drunk driving was responsible for 13 of those deaths.
Law enforcement tell us it’s okay to celebrate, but you need to have a safe plan when you do.
“We need to be smart when we do celebrate,” Lt. J.D. Carlson of the Albert Lea Police Department said. “With all the alcohol events, pick a safe driver, a sober driver and plan ahead of time.”
He adds police will be on the lookout for DWI’s during the holiday.
The Iowa State Patrol is also stepping up patrol efforts as well and the remind folks to buckle up and obey the laws as they travel.