4th of July weekend roads to be deadliest in 7 years: experts

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CHICAGO -- Safety experts are predicting this Fourth of July weekend will be the deadliest on the roads in the last seven years.

Because of lower gas prices and the improving economy, experts say more people will be out on the roads -- and the fear is that it will result in more deadly crashes.

According to AAA nearly 42 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.

It will be the most traveled Fourth of July weekend since 2007, and according to the National Safety Council the most deadly since 2008.

The council predicts that 409 people will die on the roads across the country this holiday weekend, and nearly 50,0000 others will be injured.

So what can you do to stay safe? Remember the basics: Buckle up, slow down, put down your cell phone, and don’t drink and drive.

If you plan on drinking this holiday weekend, plan ahead: find a designated driver before you go out, or arrange for ride-share or public transportation.

Do whatever is necessary to make sure you and your loved ones don’t become a statistic.

Below are links to travel tips for the holiday weekend:

Any donations made to M.A.D.D at this link this holiday weekend will be matched by UBER up to $25,000. madd.org/uber

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