The Fourth of July festivities are rolling around again fairly soon, so we want to take this time to encourage everyone to do their part for safety through a little advanced planning.
If you’re participating in the festivities this year, it’s smart to remember that Independence Day is one of this nation’s biggest “drinking days” every year. It’s time to party with a plan. That means:
- Party hosts should put out plenty of nonalcoholic drinks for their guests, especially the designated drivers among them. It’s also a good idea to have a few extra blankets and pillows ready for guests who need to “sleep it off” before trying to drive home.
- Party guests should plan how they’re getting home before they ever head out the door. That means deciding on a designated driver or taking an Uber or Lyft (instead of your own car) — or asking a buddy for a ride. Just remember that it’s not safe to get in a car with someone who has been drinking or using marijuana under any circumstances.
- If you don’t drink or use recreational drugs, why not volunteer to be someone’s designated driver? You may save someone from a serious accident — or even arrest and jail. Even if you aren’t officially someone’s designated driver, you can help out by watching your friends and family members and making sure that none of them get being the wheel of a car while intoxicated.
Every year, hundreds of people lose their lives in drunk driving accidents during this holiday. Even more people are seriously injured. Do your part to keep from becoming a statistic.
Despite your best efforts, it’s always possible that you’ll still end up in a drunk driving wreck due to another person’s negligence or reckless actions. If that happens, you have every right to seek compensation for your losses.