July 4th Safe Driving Tips

July 4th Safe Driving Tips

Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

Our Independence Day is a great reason for celebration. There will be friends and families getting together at picnics, parades, baseball games, and fireworks exhibitions. The majority of these celebrations will include alcohol. Commemorating our Independence should be celebrated with joy and great fanfare. While celebrating, we also need to focus on safety to prevent this holiday from becoming tragic.

Driving – July Fourth, like any other holiday, requires a lot of patience behind the wheel. There will be crowds and where there are crowds there are traffic issues. Stay calm and alert and try to avoid drivers who are noticeably agitated. A long day at the beach under the hot sun will tire you out. Make sure to stay hydrated. Don’t use alcohol to satisfy your thirst; alcohol will only increase your dehydration. Keep plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated. As you are leaving the beach or the ball game or travelling for any other reason, watch out for and avoid drivers who are driving erratically. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to scheduled events. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!

Boating – Alcohol and boating is a dangerous combination too. Alcohol ranks in the top five contributing factors of mishaps on the water. Alcohol contributes to boat operator errors as much as it does to drowning, due to passengers and skiers not wearing life jackets. Don’t captain a boat while drinking. BUI comes with essentially the same penalties as a DUI.

Some things to remember as you plan your holiday travels:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
  • BEFORE drinking, designate a driver who will stay sober and give them your keys
  • Use your community Sober Rides Program if your community offers one
  • Call a taxi, or a sober friend. DON’T DRIVE DRUNK
  • If you encounter a drunk driver, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement
  • Don’t text and drive, and if you must talk on your cell phone; use a hands free device
  • Observe speed limits
  • Buckle up for safety – this means your pets and children too.
  • Stay alert
  • Plan ahead so you are not in a hurry