Just days before July 4th, you're more than likely seeing and hearing many messages about not drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The reminder is for a very good reason: Oklahoma is among the top 10 states in the U.S. with the worst drunk driving incidents on record.

According to data released by Forbes magazine, Oklahoma ranks as #10, with 6.03 drivers out of 100,000 involved in fatal car crashes and over 25% of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers.

Although the legal drinking age in Oklahoma is 21, there are an appalling number of accidents with underage drivers - 0.55 per 100,000 licensed drivers.

Drunk driving isn'y only reserved for civilians, either. Recently, Oklahoma State University's running back Ollie Gordon was arrested for suspicion of driving while under the influence and speeding.

I wish we could say that after spending at least $1,000 in fines, paying for classes, equipment, towing costs and having the repercussions that follow having a DUI on your record, maybe Oklahoma drivers would learn their lesson. But, according to data, that's far from the case.

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According to responsibility.org, drivers will a blood alcohol content (BAC) between the legal limit 0.08 and 0.14, around 11.1% of repeat offenders are involved in fatal accidents. That number shoots up drastically when their BAC is over 0.15, with over 88% of drivers killing themselves or someone else in another drunk driving incident.

Since drivers don't seem to learn their lesson, it's important to keep an eye out while enjoying yourselves this week, specifically. Independence Day weekend is known as the most deadly weekend of the year, with a 77% higher-than-average risk while on the road. Instead of being on the road, prepare ahead of time and keep the family close to home or wherever you'll be staying.

If you notice a family member or friend has had a bit too much to drink, do your best to keep them from behind the wheel. If you find yourself more inibriated than you expected, take an uber wherever you need to go or stay put until you sober up.

Don't become a statistic or make someone else one.

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