The Fourth of July is a time for patriotism, family, friends, and celebration. If you’re one of the 46.9 million Americans traveling on the 4th, you can expect some challenges getting to your holiday destination such as traffic or distance.
While you’re celebrating with your red, white, and blue drinks and participating in fun 4th of July activities, it’s important to keep in mind the implications and dangers of impaired driving. With a little planning, having a safe and fun 4th of July holiday can be simple and effective.
Dangers of Driving on the 4th of July
The Fourth of July is statistically one of the deadliest holidays in the United States due in part to the number of drunk driving accidents that occur. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 188 people were killed over the course of the 2016 July 4th holiday. All of the drunk driving deaths involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher, and half of the crashes involved a driver with a BAC of .15 or higher.
5 Tips for a Safe 4th of July Celebration
So, what are some ways that you can stay safe this July 4th holiday? Here are 5 tips to avoid driving drunk and a potential DUI arrest:
1. Celebrate at home.
One way to avoid drunk driving is to not leave! Plan a fun 4th of July celebration with a group of friends and host it at someone’s home. Or, get the whole neighborhood involved and have a block party. Whichever you choose to do, staying home can help to ensure everyone has a safe holiday.
2. Plan ahead
Plan ahead for travel during the holiday and give yourself ample time to arrive at your destination. If you are driving to a destination and intend on drinking, make sure you arrange for a designated driver ahead of time. You don’t want to wind up being stopped at a DUI checkpoint after drinking because you didn’t plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
3. Know your limits as well as the legal limit.
Be aware of your blood alcohol content (BAC) while celebrating. The average adult can only process one standard drink per hour before their BAC goes above the legal .08 limit. Listen to your body and don’t rely on the number of drinks you’ve had to estimate your BAC, as mislabeling on alcoholic beverages can skew your estimate. Take it slow and never drink and then drive.
4. Take advantage of resources
Take advantages of the resources available to you if you find yourself intoxicated and needing a ride. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a free app called SaferRide to help you find a ride home, or you can always utilize a popular rideshare app or public transportation. Some communities even have their own sober rides program.
5. Install an IID
The only way to completely prevent someone from driving a vehicle while drunk is to install an ignition interlock device (IID). Ignition interlock devices are the most effective solution to combat drunk driving. Don’t let a DUI be the reason you install an IID.
Intoxalock offers a voluntary ignition interlock program for those interested in staying safe this Fourth of July. Call (855) 531-5244 now to learn more!