INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- State law enforcement officials are warning drivers to be patient and careful this July 4th weekend--the most dangerous weekend of the year for people behind the wheel. According to Indiana State Police, during the July 4th weekend of 2015, 964 car crashes happened across the state. Sixty-four of those were alcohol-related, resulting forty-three injuries and two deaths.
"Nobody goes out on a holiday weekend expecting to get in a crash or something bad to happen," said Indiana State Police Captain David Bursten, "but bad things happen to good people."
Bursten says ISP will have an extra 150 units on patrol this weekend. They'll be keeping an eye out for the usual suspects: aggressive drivers and impaired ones.
“If you spend too much time at a bar, you’ll be behind our bars, and that’s not a place you want to be,” said Bursten.
He also advises that drivers be aware of the mile markers they pass while on the roadways. This way, if there's an accident you can provide 911 operators with a more specific location of your problem and speed up response time.
According to AAA, around 43 million people will drive somewhere for the holiday weekend this year. That's a near-record number that many experts attribute to lower-than-normal price of gas.