Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Sobriety During the 4th of July Holiday Weekend
The United States Department of Transportation is reminding people that July 4th is one of the deadliest on America’s roadways. Unfortunately, Independence Day has become synonymous with drinking in celebration of America’s birthday. When people choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, the results can be deadly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018 40% of motor vehicle fatalities that occurred over the July 4th holiday involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Additionally, in 71% of crashes where alcohol was involved at least one driver had a blood alcohol concentration of .15 higher.
As part of their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, NHTSA has released a number of new social media displays for law enforcement to post as reminders. Releases include:
- Don’t Let a Happy 4th, Turn into an Unhappy 5th
- Stay Free and Safe
- If You Feel Different, You Drive Different
- Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Staying sober during the July 4th holiday is important particularly for those who may have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Choose celebrations that are focused on family fun instead of drinking. Always bring your own drink and have an exit plan if you feel uncomfortable. Consider day time activities as those are generally geared more towards families and may have less of an emphasis on alcohol. Never get behind the wheel after drinking, even if you think you haven’t had that much.
This year’s celebrations will likely look a little different than they have in the past. Make sure that you check in with yourself and others. We can all enjoy the weekend safely, by choosing to stay sober and never driving while impaired.