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Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Encourages Motorists to Drive Safe and Sober this Fourth of July Holiday

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WASHINGTON – This July 4th holiday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to designate a sober driver if they plan to drink, and to never drive impaired, whether by alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription or certain over-the-counter drugs that have the potential to impair drivers.

“We want all Americans to enjoy a fun and safe July 4th holiday with family and friends,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King. “Please celebrate safely and never, ever get behind the wheel impaired by alcohol or drugs.” 

NHTSA recommends the following actions:

  • Before drinking, plan how you will get home. Designate a sober driver or select another transportation option.
  • If a friend or family member is impaired by alcohol or drugs and planning to drive, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get home safely.
  • Be alert and distraction-free, and if you see an impaired driver, call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Buckle up. Wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • Before you go out, download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app. It lets you share your location so a taxi or friend can pick you up. The app is free and available for Apple and Android devices.

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