The July Fourth week should be fun for all as celebrations continue after proms and graduations. July Fourth is also one of the deadliest day for teens and Americans on the road with more than 800 in traffic-related deaths during a five-year period in July alone.
Just recently we were all saddened to hear of a young graduate, Nicole Baker, who died Saturday night in a car crash in Elizabethtown. She had plans to attend SUNY Potsdam in the fall. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
There are now steps to enforce stronger teen driving laws in Congress as part of the highway transportation bill's reauthorization calling for Graduated Driver Licensing. GDL policies by insurance agencies have been shown to reduce traffic fatalities by as much as 40 percent in the states where they have been adopted.
We hope teens and adults are all mindful this busy holiday week. New York State Police will be out in force making sure you obey the law by buckling up your seatbelt, not using your cell phone while driving and watching the speed limit.
There are lots of events going on in the Tri-Lakes, so just check out our calendar ofevents in Adirondack Summer Vacation Guide, the Weekender or the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for details.
Enjoy celebrating our country's Independence Day with friends and family by being mindful of being safe on our nation's roads and highways.