The 4th of July weekend is the deadliest time to be on the road. 150 people lost their lives over this weekend in 2010; that’s three lives lost for every star on the flag. And many of the lives lost are young people; during the 2011 holiday, more than half of people aged 18-34 killed in auto rashes were legally drunk.
There are ways to stay safe.
- If you do drink, have a designated driver. It’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve had at a party.
- Have a backup plan in case something goes wrong. If your designated driver gets the a stomach flu, maybe you can stay overnight at your friend’s house.
- Talk to your kids. Make sure they never get in the car with an impaired driver and have a plan to help them if they get in a dangerous situation. Remind them they can lose their driver’s license just by being in a car with an impaired driver.
Don’t be afraid to talk with others and make sure they have a safe ride. You’ll be protecting your community and your pocketbook; the NTSA says drunk driving costs every person in the United States $500 a year.