Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

Submitted by Roberts County Sheriff Tyler Appel

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, the Roberts County Sheriff’s Office, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety–Office of Highway Safety, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) remind all drivers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. In 2022, a person was killed every 39 minutes in a drunk-driving crash on our nation's roads, even though it is illegal to drive while impaired by alcohol.

Every year, the Fourth of July holiday stands out as one of the deadliest times on the nation’s roads. From 2018 to 2022, there were 2,228 traffic crash fatalities during the holiday, 1,414 of whom were the driver. Thirty-nine percent (545) of those drivers were drunk. Of the 1,414 drivers killed, the 21-34 age group had the highest percent (50%) of drunk drivers. From 2018 to 2022, in South Dakota over the Fourth of July reporting period 11 people were killed, and 61 people were injured in alcohol related traffic crashes. This too shows the local dangers we face here in South Dakota over the Fourth of July holiday. For more on this story and many more please purchase a copy of the Sisseton Courier on news stands now or purchase a copy of the E-edtion on this website.