This July 4th, Keep America Free…of Drunk Drivers

America’s Independence Day is a time for family, friends and neighbors to come together and commemorate our Nation’s founding with parades, fireworks, picnics and cookouts. Whether you’re getting on the road during the holiday or hosting a party at home, celebrate freedom by keeping America free of drunk drivers.

If your July 4th celebration involves alcohol, it should never involve driving; there are multiple options to get to and from the party without getting behind the wheel. If you’re having friends over, make sure they know their options for getting home without getting behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking. Between car services, taxis, and local transit, you have plenty of options for a safe ride. NHTSA even offers the SaferRide app for iPhone and Android phones to help call a taxi, call a friend for a ride, and to share your location so you can be picked up.

The days around the July 4th holiday are some of the deadliest on our roads due to drunk drivers. Over the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers—a 29-percent increase from 2015. That’s why law enforcement in many communities will be participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. From June 29 through July 5, participating law enforcement agencies will be making a special effort to arrest drunk drivers.

Drunk driving is serious business. It can also cost you serious money. Drunk drivers face not only jail time and loss of their license, but also as much as $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, higher insurance rates, and lost time at work. Don’t risk it.

Protect yourself, your neighbors, and your wallet by always driving sober—on Independence Day and throughout the year. This July 4th, America can declare its independence from drunk-driving fatalities if we all pledge to drive sober.