You Can EASILY AVOID Fourth Of July Drinking and Driving
Fourth of July is one of the best holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Usually that includes drinking and eating, but sometimes people add in one more unnecessary activity, driving under the influence. Over the 2014 July Fourth holiday weekend, there were 397 fatal car crashes. 164 of those fatalities were caused by at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. These fatal crashes are so devastating because they are completely preventable. On average, there are 37 % more highway fatalities on July 4 than the average July day, according to a study of federal accident data. And when traffic increases, so does the death toll, according to the NSC.
In many cities there are free ride services on holidays like the Fourth of July. Not to mention there are regular taxis, Uber and Lyft you can call with a touch of a button. If you know you are going to drink, always know who the designated driver is before a night out. As many as 409 Americans will be killed on the road during the long Independence Day weekend, with another 49,500 injured, forecasts the National Safety Council.
Also something that is such a useful and FREE resource in Florida (As well as Georgia & Tennessee) to avoid Fourth of July drinking and driving is AAA’s Tow To Go partnership with Budweiser. The Tow To Go program has removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers since its inception in 1998. It is available for both AAA members and non-members on certain holiday weekends. For Fourth of July weekend, Tow To Go is available from July 1st to 6 a.m. on July 5th to pick up the vehicle, driver of the vehicle and one passenger. It will be a confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location. However Tow To Go emphasizes that they should be a last resort not the plan from the beginning of the night. The Tow To Go number is (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.
If you are the designated driver for Fourth of July festivities please be extra aware of your surroundings. While you might have made the right choice to not drink and drive, doesn’t mean everyone did. Avoid swerving drivers and make sure to report any reckless drivers to your local law enforcement.
There are no excuses for Fourth of July drinking and driving. Not only might you wreck someone else’s life, you will wreck yours as well. Just a DUI arrest alone without any injury could cost up to $10,000. Even if you just feel “buzzed” or a little “tipsy” you should not be behind the wheel. The key is to know the plan for getting home before you even take your first sip.
If you have an injury that resulted from an accident with a drunk driver, call Attorney Mike Hancock at 813-915-1110 for a free strategy session.