Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Let The Party Begin

With one of the biggest weekends of the summer fast approaching, it's time to think about safe and sober driving. With the Fourth of July on a Sunday this year it could mean for a lot of us a 3 day weekend, which is one more day to picnic, go boating, swimming and watch or shoot off fireworks. It's also one more day to have a few brews.

There will be so many people on the road this weekend and there will be many that are "just buzzed". What is just buzzed you may ask. Just buzzed is that slight tingly relaxed feeling you get after a few drinks. Even if you have only had a few drinks it can affect your reaction time. It slows your response. It can cause you to have an accident.

Here are 4 steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones on the road this weekend.
1) Designate a sober driver before you leave for your Fourth of July events.
2) Be ready and willing to take alternate transportation such as a bus or taxi.
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. You could be saving some one's life.

Remember that even if you aren't drinking and driving there will be others that are.
In 2008 there were 491 fatal traffic accidents over the Fourth of July Holiday period and not all of the victims were drinking. Many were innocent young children just like yours.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council are continuing in their effort to remind people that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving". Buzzed drivers drink and drive, but don't consider themselves a hazard on the roadway because they have had "only a few" drinks. Sadly a buzzed driving crash looks just like a drunk driving crash and have the same consequences.


I was provided this information by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council through Gobal Influence and will be entered into a drawing for a gift card for my participation.

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