Fourth of July Weekend is a time to celebrate our freedom and our independence, but it's also a day to keep safe on our roads and highways. It's the deadliest day on the road of the entire year. With all of the barbeques, parties, and picnics, drinking and driving is rampant during Independence Day weekend - a problem that has lead to a number of car accident fatalities and car accident injuries in past years.
Last year, 12 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents in North Carolina out of 377 alcohol-related crashes during the holiday week. To lower those car accident numbers, North Carolina Police are participating in the Booze It and Lose It: Operation Firecracker campaign from June 29 through July 5. The campaign will involve more North Carolina troopers on the streets, sobriety checkpoints, and increased vigilance.
NC police officers offered the following tips to stay safe and prevent drunk driving accidents during the Fourth of July weekend:
- If you plan on drinking at a holiday event, also plan to have a safe way home.
- If you think that you may lose your ability to make the right decision about driving home after a few drinks, be sure to give your keys to a responsible friend.
- If you are having a party, invite people to sleep in the spare room or on the couch, and have the number of a taxi service available.
- If you see a suspicious car on the road, don't hesitate to call your local North Carolina police station to report the activity.