'We will have over 500 fatalities this weekend nationwide'

'We will have over 500 fatalities this weekend nationwide'

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- With the 4th of July, comes backyard barbecues, fireworks displays and sadly, drunk driving accidents.

Depending on whose statistics you follow, Independence Day is either the first or second deadliest holiday of the year.

"We will have over 500 fatalities this weekend nationwide, and over half of those will be alcohol related," said Lt. Doug Ladd of the Oregon State Police.

Ladd says that one of the best ways to make sure you're safe on the roads is to make a plan. If you do want to drink, plan a safe ride home before you go to your event.

You can have a designated driver or get the number of a cab company before you take your first drink.

Patrols will be stepping up to make sure people are buckling up, driving sober and especially, keeping their kids buckled in safely.

One thing that officials want to warn you about: Because the holiday is connected to a weekend, traffic could be horrendous.

So, if your holiday plans involve travel, Ladd cautions you to buckle up, drive sober and expect to be stuck in a little traffic.