Plan for a Safe and Sober Drive Home from Your Fourth of July Celebration
Posted Jun 29 2010 4:50pm
To be honest, I hate going out to watch Fourth of July fireworks because I’m afraid of the drunk drivers on the road! Apparently, my fears are not unwarranted. In 2008, 1,179 people in other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. A total of 491 of those motor vehicle traffic fatalities occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period (from July 3rd at 6 pm to July 7th at 5:59 am).
That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Ad Council are once again igniting their “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving” campaign. What is “buzzed driving”? Buzzed drivers drink and drive, but do not consider themselves a hazard on the roadway because they have had “only a few” drinks. The NHTSA and the Ad Council want you to know: Buzzed driving IS drunk driving!
I’d like to encourage you to use this holiday to spread the word about the dangers of buzzed driving. Remind people that Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving. And remember that the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead. Here are four steps you can take to protect your loved ones on the Fourth of July.
1) Designate a sober driver before you leave for your Fourth of July events.
2) Be ready to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi.
3) Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.
4) Call 9-1-1 if you see an impaired driver on the road.