Safe driving encouraged for Independence Day

PIERRE, S.D. — Officials with South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety want to encourage everyone to make safe driving a priority during the Independence Day holiday.

During the 2021 July 4 holiday, the Office of Highway Safety reported 134 motor vehicle traffic crashes with two fatalities and 36 injuries. Both fatalities were occupants not wearing seat belts in their vehicles.

The number of fatalities in 2022 is 37% lower than the same time in 2021.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol will be out on the highways and interstates in anticipation for the heavier holiday traffic.

“Being a safe driver is everyone’s responsibility,” said Col. Rick Miller of the Highway Patrol. “Our troopers will be out this weekend reminding drivers to slow down, pay attention, don’t drink and drive and to wear their seat belt or helmet if riding a motorcycle.”

The SDHP is also taking part in a Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort that is designed to encourage drivers to be safe.

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