Although summer generally makes for safer road and driving conditions, motorists must not become complacent. Plenty of car accidents happen during the summer months in Pennsylvania. Rain, holiday celebrations, greater numbers of motorcycles, and more weekend traffic congestion are all factors that contribute to summertime accidents. For this reason, it is important for drivers to be aware of hazards on the state's roads all year long.
In Pennsylvania, there are usually a higher number of crashes and driving under the influence (DUI) arrests on the Fourth of July than during a typical, non-holiday period. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, this year's Independence Day holiday was no exception. In spite of the elevated numbers of car accidents and DUIs in the Keystone State, there still were fewer such incidents in 2018 than there were in 2017.
The Fourth of July is a holiday that people in Pennsylvania often celebrate by hoisting an adult beverage or two. In that alone, there is absolutely nothing wrong. However, it does become a problem when someone who has had too much to drink or is under the influence of another substance gets behind the wheel of a car and starts to drive. In the Keystone State and across the country, car accidents caused by drunk and impaired drivers are often deadly.