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Drunk Driving Fatalities Rise On Fourth Of July

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The Fourth of July experience in Washington, D.C. includes fireworks, heat, humidity, and often some alcohol. Drunk driving in the region is more common this weekend than it is on St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve.

To cut the risk to area residents, Kurt Erickson, president of Washington Regional Alcohol Program, says they are offering a free ride home to anyone who imbibes.

"Beginning at 10 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m. tomorrow, anyone can call 1-800-200-TAXI and afford themselves of this free cab service to combat drunk driving," he says.

Erickson says drunk driving fatalities normally cause 31 percent of traffic deaths. During the July 4 holiday, that number increases to 40 percent.

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