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Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Sober This Fourth of July

| Washington, DC

This Fourth of July weekend, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorists to drive sober or designate a sober driver.

This holiday weekend is typically one of the deadliest of the year for impaired-driving crashes.  From 2014 to 2018, 812 people died in crashes involving impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period.  Many substances can impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle including alcohol, illegal drugs, as well as certain prescription and over-the counter medications.

“While we may still be social distancing, many Americans will be enjoying a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend with close family or a small group of friends," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “Another way to be safe is to ensure no one gets behind the wheel while under the influence.  Impaired-driving deaths are 100% preventable – celebrate safely and never get behind the wheel after using alcohol or impairing drugs.”

Tips to Celebrate Safely

  • If you expect to drink, make plans for a sober ride home.
  • If you’re hosting a Fourth of July party, help your designated drivers by making sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. 
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired or under the influence?  Help them make arrangements to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911. 

NHTSA also recommends that drivers avoid distractions, obey the speed limit, and always wear a seat belt, long considered the best defense against an impaired driver.

NHTSA 202-366-9550