Happy July 4th! Have Fun and Be Safe!
While July 4th is a time of celebration including fireworks, barbecue, & honoring our nation’s independence; there is also a darker side to the holiday. Statistically, July 4th has proved to be the deadliest day of the year on our country’s roadways. The primary factors contributing to this sad fact are increased traffic, longer driving distances, and alcohol consumption.
A study done by the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that on average 51% of all deadly traffic crashes on July 4th have been alcohol related. So, we urge you to have fun but be safe. Plan ahead and choose a designated driver if you know that you will be drinking. As a back up we also recommend to have a taxi number handy, go ahead and program it on your cell phone in case it is needed.
Not only are there safety concerns, but there will be additional police in action for the holiday. Howard County police will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the county. As well as in marked and unmarked vehicles in a setting with lights and signage.
While the department did not say where the checkpoint would be, it did say what officers will be looking for:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Failure to wear seat belts
- Lack of child safety seats
The checkpoint is partially funded by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office and falls under the Checkpoint Strikeforce, a multi-state initiative to take impaired drivers off the roads.
While we encourage you to enjoy the holiday and the time off with friends and family, we also hope to inspire you to be safe. In line with that sentiment we would like to champion the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration’s slogan for this year by sharing it with you, ” Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”