According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 2008 and 2012, there was 765 people who died as a result of drunk driving related incidents during the 4th of July.
July 4th is a popular time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the holiday. However, if drinking is not controlled and people choose to drive drunk—it can be very fatal. Make sure to stay safe this holiday season with the following safety tips.
- Drinking alcohol can slow down a person’s reaction time and impair judgment. Driving while impaired can be extremely dangerous and often times fatal.
- If you choose to drink—make sure you have a designated driver or a place to stay instead of driving drunk.
- There is zero-tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21. Remind any younger drivers of this law and strictly enforce this.
- Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Don’t risk it.
- If you are visiting a large city for the 4th of July—call a taxi or take public transit if you have been drinking.
- If you are suspicious of a drunk driver on the road, immediately call the local authorities and report what you see.
- Look to see if there is a sober ride program in your community and plan ahead.
The common thread between boating, driving, and fireworks related injuries during the 4th of July is typically alcohol. Plan ahead for this upcoming holiday and make sure you have a safe ride home if you will be drinking.
We would also like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday weekend from all of us at Community Insurance & Associates.