MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — AAA predicts 48 million people will be hitting the roadways during the July 4th holiday. Busy travel means more law enforcement on the roads.
Carolyn Tyus’ son was killed back in 2008 in a DUI crash. She represents Moms Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and they’re teaming up with law enforcement to warn people of the dangers of drinking and driving this Independence Day. She is holding on to his belongings as a reminder of what happened.
“I travel with it a lot to remind me that hey I want to be out here until there are no more victims,” said Carolyn Tyus.
“There are too many innocent lives that are lost each year because of someone’s stupid decision to drink and drive,” said Daryl Bailey.
Most statics show Alabama ranking high with it comes to DUI crashes.
“If you kill someone while you’re DUI, you will be charged with the crime of murder and prosecuted just as if you put a gun to someone’s head,” said Bailey.
State troopers will be checking for speeders and if someone is distracted behind the wheel.
“You need to be 100 percent focused on driving because there’s going to be a lot of people on the roads,” said Jess Thornton.
Last year, from 6 p.m. July 1 to 5:59 a.m. July 5, nearly 300 Americans were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers. During that timeframe, drunk driving deaths accounted for 39% of all fatalities on U.S. roadways.