PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging drivers to use caution and make safe choices as they travel for the Fourth of July holiday.
State Office of Highway Safety statistics show an average of 113 crashes, 42 injuries and two deaths over the holiday period the past five years. The reporting period is from the evening of July 3 through July 7.
“Because most crashes are entirely preventable, wearing seatbelts, following speed limits and avoiding distractions while driving can go a long way to making the highways safer for all of us this holiday,” Daugaard said
About 12 percent of the holiday period crashes have involved alcohol. Daugaard said there is no excuse for drinking and driving.
“It takes only a few minutes to arrange for a sober driver, and it can mean the difference between a holiday celebration and a tragedy,” the governor said.
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