Statistically, the 4th of July is the most dangerous holiday to be on the roads. Not only are many people spending the day consuming alcoholic beverages, but if you live in one of the 7 cities in Orange County where fireworks are legal (Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Westminster, Santa Ana, Buena Park, and Stanton) neighborhood streets are often crowded with pedestrians – including kids.
Safety 1st wants all Orange County residents to have a safe and fun Independence Day. Here are some of our suggestions to make the most of your holiday.
1. Drive slowly through neighborhoods.
Keep a close watch for people on the streets, especially kids who may dart out of nowhere. Even if people are not setting off fireworks, they may be having a block party or an outdoor barbeque. Remember, pedestrians always have the right of way.
2. Don’t drive after drinking.
Take a cab or simply stay put until you are sober. If you’re uncertain as to whether you are safe to drive, you’re probably not ready. Always be conservative – people’s lives could be at stake.
3. Don’t drive tired.
It’s not worth it! Make sure you are well-rested before driving.
4. Avoid impaired drivers.
If you see someone on the road driving erratically, swerving or otherwise endangering others, maintain a safe following distance and do not attempt to pass them. When safe, have a passenger in your car call 911 and report them.
5. Stay off the roads altogether.
If you are concerned that other people may be driving drunk, make plans to stay home or with family or friends for the night.
6. Buckle up!
If you do decide to drive, buckle up. Seat belts are the most important device you can use to protect yourself – and potentially save your life and the lives of your passengers.