2019 July 4th Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Each summer, friends and family gather together on the Fourth of July to mark the birthday of our great nation. Unfortunately, the holiday can take a grim turn when merrymakers drive home from the festivities with a few drinks under their belt. In 2017, an average of one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 48 minutes. Help us keep Independence Day a safe day for everyone traveling the roads. During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, plan for safe holiday festivities, and share this vital message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
Please remember these drunk-driving statistics as you prepare to party this summer:
- In 2017, there were 10,874 people killed in drunk-driving crashes—almost a third of all traffic fatalities nationwide. To put it in perspective, that’s equal to about 20 jumbo jets crashing, with no survivors.
- In 2017, 601 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the July 4th holiday period (6 p.m. June 30 to 5:59 a.m. July 5). Thirty-nine percent (237) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. This is a 23-percent increase from 2016, during which 192 people were killed during the same holiday period.
- During the 2017 July 4th holiday period, 60 percent of those who died in alcohol-impaired crashes were in a crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher.
- Nighttime hours are especially dangerous: Over the 2017 July 4th holiday period, of the 237 people who died in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes, 79 percent (187) of the alcohol-impaired fatalities occurred during nighttime hours (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.).
- From 2013 to 2017, there were 939 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the Fourth of July holiday periods.
Celebrate with a Plan
Always remember to plan ahead if you will be celebrating. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously and do not consume alcohol, not even one drink.
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the police.
Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
2019 July 4th drive sober or get pulled over
The Fourth of July marks the birth of our great nation—a fun summer day to gather with friends and family and share good food, beautiful fireworks, and endless memories. Unfortunately, the holiday can also lead to more danger on the roads, as drunk drivers often hit the streets after an afternoon of merrymaking. Don’t let your independence be compromised by an unwise—and deadly—decision to drink and drive. This Fourth of July, law enforcement in Pevely are taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, July 3 through July 7, 2019, to put an end to drunk driving. This means you’ll see increased law enforcement officers accepting no excuses from those who drive impaired. This Independence Day, let’s all work together to spread the lifesaving message that drunk driving is unacceptable, deadly, and illegal behavior. As you, your friends, and your family head out to the July 4th festivities this summer, keep safety at the forefront. During the Fourth of July holiday, make sure you plan for a safe weekend of festivities, keeping in mind this vital message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Drunk Driving Comes at a Cost
Drunk driving can cost you your life, but it can also cost you financially. Here’s how:
If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment if you’re unable to report to the office.
Drinking and driving could cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle. This could inhibit you from getting to work, resulting in lost wages and, potentially, job loss.
If you kill someone while driving drunk, you could face manslaughter charges.
Financially, a DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, higher insurance rates, and lost time at work.
This Fourth of July, commit to only driving when you’re 100-percent sober. As you head out to celebrate, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
NO BOOSTER SEAT IS JUST AS DANGEROUS.
Many parents are unaware of the importance of proper use and installation of child passenger safety restraints and related laws. In 2016, 18 children less than eight years of age were killed and 47 suffered serious injuries as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri. Twenty-nine percent of the children killed or seriously injured were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States.
The Pevely Police Department in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation will participate in the Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Campaign beginning September 17th through September 23rd.