The Fourth of July is best known for celebrations with family and friends, enjoying the summer weather with food and drinks. Those celebrations often include drinking alcohol which can lead to impaired driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 164 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher over the three-day Fourth of July holiday in 2014. In reality, 40 percent of the total fatalities were more than likely preventable. The rate of alcohol impairment for drivers involved in fatal crashes was over three times higher at night than during the day. To date, there have been 154 fatalities on Iowa roadways this year, up 31, or 25% from this time last year.
State and local law enforcement agencies will step up their efforts Friday evening, July 1st through the morning of Tuesday, July 5th to eliminate drunk drivers on the roads and reduce speeding in order to protect all of the motoring public.
What can you do in order to reach your destination safely, not only this Fourth of July, but every day?
- Do not drive; if you have been drinking, plan ahead and arrange a way to get home.
- Buckle up; it is the single most effective way to prevent serious injury if you should be involved in a crash.
- Don’t speed; speeding has been a factor in about 30 percent of crash deaths since 2005 (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).
According to the Iowa DOT, there were no fatalities over the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend in 2015. Together, we hope to repeat that this Fourth of July weekend! The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) hopes you, your family and your friends have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
Media contact: Alex Murphy, GTSB Spokesman, Office of the Commissioner – DPS, at (515) 725-6189.
At approximately 5:59 A.M. on June 21, 2016, the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle partially submerged in water in the 1100-block of 190th Avenue, north of Montgomery in Diamond Lake Township. After determining the owner of the vehicle was not at home, a search was conducted in the waters around the vehicle where rescuers discovered the body of 65 year-old Dale Peters of Lake Park deceased near the vehicle.
It is believed that Peters lost control of his vehicle on the gravel road and entered the west ditch where the vehicle rolled once. The vehicle, a gray 2004 Jeep Cherokee owned by Peters, was a total loss.
Assisting at the Sheriff's Office at the scene were:
- Lake Park Rescue
- Lake Park Fire Department
- Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive Team
- Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance
- Iowa State Patrol
- Dickinson County Emergency Management
- Dickinson County Communications Center
The accident remains under investigation by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.