The 4th of July is a day to celebrate patriotism, but it is also one of the deadliest days on the road for American motorists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 750 people died in alcohol-related car accidents on July 4th between the years 2009 to 2013. Data from the Institute for Highway Safety shows that July 3rd and 4th are the top two deadliest days of the year for American motorists.
So how can people celebrating avoid becoming a statistic this July 4th? Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid drunk driving accidents.
- Companies in 46 states have “designated driver” services, in some cases driving an intoxicated partygoer’s car home for them. Ride services such as Uber or AAA can serve as a means of getting home safely. Uber users utilize a smartphone app to call for pickups. In addition to Uber, services such as BeMyDD can offer Denver residents safe rides home.
- Public transportation is always an option for those celebrating the holiday in major towns and cities. In some cases, bus lines and other forms of public transportation run late on holidays.
- If all else fails, planning ahead of time and designating a sober driver can help avoid drunk driving accidents.
What Are Other Ways To Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents?
Sober motorists can help by reporting impaired drivers to the police. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, sober motorists can be on the lookout for impaired drivers by spotting weaving, erratic braking and slow reaction times to traffic lights.
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