Tuesday, July 3, 2018

4th of July: Don't Be A Dumb Drunk

Me and my sisters a few years ago celebrating 4th of July

Fourth of July will be here real soon.  I'm excited to go to the riverfront this year and watch fireworks with friends.  What I won't be doing is drinking and driving. That's not to say I won't have a few alcoholic beverages, but my butt will have a DD (stands for Designated Driver, not Designated Drunk) just in case I drink more than a couple. 

If you will be enjoying the 4th of July festivities somewhere and will be drinking, keep in mind that even a couple of beers can impair your vision and judgment. People always say "Oh, that isn't me" but I can assure you it is. In my line of work, I deal with drunk drivers almost everyday. Those same people who thought they could drive home have gotten themselves a DUI or have killed innocent people.

There are four steps you should take to protect your loved ones this 4th of July, or any time of the year:

1.) Designate a sober driver before you leave for your Fourth of July events.

2.) Be ready to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi.  Or, consider Lyft or Uber.

3.) Have the phone number of a taxi service stored in your phone before you leave for the party.

4.) Call 9-1-1 if you see an impaired driver on the road.  Try to gather make, model, and license of vehicle. 

As an added fifth step, just make prior plans to stay the night somewhere and sober up before going anywhere. There's no reason to put yourself or others in danger, no matter how many alcoholic beverages you've had.

Remember, buzzed driving IS drunk driving.