Celebrate America Safely This July 4th

Know That Impaired Driving Is Deadly

On July 4th, America celebrates the birth of our nation. Sadly, the holiday is often marked as one of the deadliest of the year for drunk-driving crashes. In fact, 812 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period from 2014-2018.

This Independence Day, local communities are partnering with NHTSA for the national Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving awareness campaign. Did you know that even a small amount of alcohol can impair you? For example, a blood alcohol concentration of .02 can affect someone’s ability to perform two tasks at one time – and that affects your ability to drive safely. Over the holiday weekend, NHTSA and law enforcement remind drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and motorcyclists to Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over. The goal of these campaigns is to make sure people aren’t drunk behind the wheel or on a motorcycle.

Drunk driving isn’t the only risky behavior causing crashes on our roads; drug-impaired driving is an issue too. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, drug-impaired driving is dangerous and illegal in all states. That’s why over the Fourth of July holiday, NHTSA is again launching the If You Feel Different, You Drive Different campaign and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different – Drive High Get a DUI enforcement campaign. Driving while drug-impaired puts you, your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers in danger.
 

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Tips to Celebrate Safely 

  • If you plan to drink, make a plan ahead of time for a sober ride home.
  • Even if you’ve had only one drink, let someone who hasn’t been drinking take you home. A sober driver is one who does not drink at all, not the one who’s had the least to drink
  • If you’re hosting a Fourth of July gathering, help the designated drivers out by making sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911. 
  • Always wear your seat belt.