With our nation getting ready to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, safety regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are warning the public that July 4th is among the most deadly holidays for drunk driving crashes.
In fact, officials have pointed out that, over the 2013 July 4th holiday weekend, nearly 200 people were killed in traffic accidents that involved impaired or drunk drivers.
So, officials are now telling motorists to be careful when hitting the roads this weekend, and they have provided some specific safety tips for those who will be traveling before, during and after July 4th as part of their celebrations.
NHTSA Tips for Safe Traveling this July 4th Weekend
Here is what the NHTSA recommends in order to minimize your risk of being hurt in a drunk driving accident this weekend:
- Don’t be a drunk driver – If you will be celebrating this Independence Day with alcohol, make sure that you have a sober ride set up. Do this before you start drinking alcohol (because people tend to be far more willing to make poor choices – like getting behind the wheel – once they are buzzed or drunk).
- Use the NHTSA SafeRide app if you need a ride – While you can, of course, call a cab or use public transportation to get home after a party, the NHTSA also has a SafeRide app that helps people find rides.
- Report other drunk drivers to law enforcement officials – If you notice drivers on the road who seem impaired or are driving recklessly, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement authorities to report these motorists. Getting impaired drivers off of the road is critical to everyone’s safety.
- Buckle up, don’t drive distracted and follow traffic laws – Basically, do your best to be a responsible, careful and safe driver.
What are your July 4th plans? Do you have a sober ride already set up? Or do you have other helpful tips that can promote safe traveling this weekend? If so, please share your comments and plans with us on Facebook & Google+.
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