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Fourth of July can be deadly time on highways

Robby Grandle Martinez Local Allstate agency owner

Posted: June 29, 2013 - 11:02pm

Editor:

Independence Day is typically a time for barbecues, family gatherings and celebrating the birth of our nation, however, for many travelers this Fourth of July may 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, IIHS reports that more than 670 people were killed on July 4 from 2007-2011, which equates to an average of 134 deaths on that day each year.

There are simple things we can all 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 on the road.

According to research from The Allstate Foundation, teens have told us 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 Local Allstate agency owner

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