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1.4 million Michigan residents will travel July 4 weekend

10 safety tips to avoid car accidents on Independence Day

An estimated 1.4 million Michigan residents are set to travel this Fourth of July holiday, according to reports from AAA Michigan. These numbers are up 16 percent from last year and are the highest since 2008.

The holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8. It seems that the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year is causing the increase in travel, as drivers can tack more time onto their vacations, with the weekend and two week days on either side of the holiday.

This weekend is the busiest for Michigan travel this year, and about 87 percent of travelers will be driving. That also means more car accidents will occur.

During last year’s July 4th holiday period, eight people died in car accidents. Three of the deaths were alcohol-related.

To prevent car accidents this holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police (MSP) are participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a national effort to increase safe travel. Michigan State Police troopers will join other state police and highway patrol agencies from around the country in taking a zero tolerance approach to dangerous driving. Look for yellow banners posted at rest areas statewide, with many sites offering complimentary coffee and refreshments.

Meanwhile, please take a look at our blog post on 10 driving tips for July 4 weekend. It has some great information on preparing your car for a road trip, construction zones and even renting cars.

– Steven Gursten is head of Michigan Auto Law. He president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. Steve frequently writes and speaks on safe driving and Michigan auto laws, and is available for comment.

– Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, by bayasaa

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