If you’re like many Americans, you’re heading out on the road for the 4th of July. You might be heading to a beach, a barbeque, a family gathering or a fireworks show. Anytime you get behind the wheel, there’s risk involved. But over the 4th of July, the risk is increased.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, July 3 and 4 are historically the two deadliest days on the road. In 2010 alone (the most recent data analyzed) 392 persons were killed from July 3-5, with 39% of the accidents resulting from alcohol-impaired driving. And more than 80% of those alcohol-related crashes happened between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
While alcohol isn’t the only factor that can cause crashes, it’s what the NHTSA is focusing on for their holiday campaign – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. Here’s how you can plan to stay safe over the holiday.
If you plan on drinking, know how you’re going to get home:
- Designate a sober driver
- Use a taxi
- Have a sober friend or family member on call to pick you up
- Take public transportation
- Use a community sober ride program if there’s one in your area
If you’re a driver:
- Drive sober!
- Keep your focus on the road, because distracted driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving
- Don’t drive while sleepy
- Drive defensively, watch for erratic behaviors of other drivers
- If you see a drunk driver, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement
Remember, don’t get behind the wheel after drinking. And if you notice someone who is about to drive while intoxicated, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to home safely.
Your safety is important to us. We want you to celebrate our country responsibly. And if you’re in the market for auto insurance, contact a Foremost Agency.