It’s summertime again! Pool parties, beach bonfires, backyard BBQs, family gatherings and reunions, and don’t forget one of our all-time favorite holidays, Independence Day! What a great day it is, to celebrate our country’s freedom.
Unfortunately, for many this great day becomes a tragedy. Alcohol consumption is very popular on the 4th, as people get to enjoy a day off work and many stay in the same place all day and into the night.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 4th of July holiday from 2009 to 2013, 750 people were killed in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more.
We want you to enjoy the day and its festivities to the fullest, and so here are some tried and true safety tips for the 4th of July.
4th of July Driving Safety Tips
- Stay in the same place all day if possible. If you’re party-hopping, walk or bicycle.
- If you must drive, do NOT drink.
- Stay alert and free from distractions at all times, as people, children and animals may be walking around outdoors. That means NO TEXTING, and keep your music low.
- If you’re tired, stay put. Nothing’s worth risking your life for.
- Avoid the late hours of the night or early morning hours, when people are likely to be driving home and may be drunk or tired.
- Observe all speed limits – even slow down a little – and buckle up.
- This is a day to be extra alert, patient, and cautious. If you can’t be all three of those, don’t drive.
Here are a few tips from The National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Abide by your city’s fireworks laws.
- Don’t get too close to a firework. Light it and back away.
- Don’t light fireworks if you’ve been drinking.
- Do not place fireworks on anything but even ground (outdoors only).
- Do not give fireworks to children. A responsible, sober adult should supervise the lighting of fireworks.
- Do not relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then submerge it in water.
- Always have a bucket of water and a water hose nearby.
We hope you all have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend!