From coast to coast, you’ll find red, white, and blue, festivities, food, and fireworks. Sadly, though, you’ll also find drunk drivers. In fact, the Fourth of July holidays rank as the nation’s deadliest in terms of people killed by drunk drivers. Let’s be safe and smart legal drinkers, and set a good example. Here are a few tips on how to have a safe and happy 4th of July!
1. Designate at least one person as the sober driver. Maybe you decide to volunteer yourself, or you and a friend together decide to stay sober for the night. Research shows that even just one drink can impair an individual’s ability to drive, and that is why it is important to have a designated sober driver. As a thank-you or incentive for your friend who is DD… Maybe pay for their dinner, or give them gas money.
2. Be aware of your alcohol intake and those of your friends. If someone drinks too much and gets sick, blacks out or goes unconscious, get them the help they need immediately. Alcohol poisoning should not be taking lightly, and can lead to death if the individual does not get medical assistance. If you have to, call 9-1-1.
3. Set a plan. Drinking and driving can have serious consequences. Police will pull over those driving under the influence, and accidents causing injuries or death can also occur. Check into local services that provide transportation to and from your house, and don’t let friends and family drive home under the influence.
On Tuesday, June 23, Berks County Law Enforcement put out their warning about driving (and boating) under the influence. Read the article in The Reading Eagle HERE.
Transportation services available in the Reading Area:
Stearclear – Will drive you and your car home.
Reading Metro Taxi – Taxi service for the Reading Area
Grab-A-Cab – Taxi service for the Reading Area
UBER – Transportation service
MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving
National Highway Safety Traffic Administration
How to Spot a Drunk Driver
Control Tonight – A simulated scenario that goes through what could happen during a night of drinking with friends.
Do you think you, or a loved one, may have a problem with alcohol? Visit here for more information on warning signs and how to get the help needed.