VERIFY: Is July 4th the deadliest day for DWI's in Harris Co.?

Is the Fourth of July the deadliest day for DWI's in Harris County? Our Verify fact-checkers looked into the statistics.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - It's a claim you hear a lot - Fourth of July is the worst holiday for deadly drunk driving crashes. But is it true? Our fact-checkers got the numbers.

  • In terms of deadly crashes in Harris County, July 4th is in the middle of the pack
  • Last year, there were three alcohol-related fatalities - the same number as Christmas and Memorial Day.
  • The deadliest holidays last year were actually Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, when there were four deaths attributed to alcohol-related crashes.

We can verify that July 4th is not the deadliest holiday in Harris County but there is never a day where it's a smart idea to drink and drive.

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Texas Department of Transportation

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