Most Americans may not realize it, but the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Why? Often Fourth of July celebrations start during the day, but last well into the night. The amount of alcohol that one can consume during a day-long party or celebration can drastically impair the motor skills needed to drive safely. Add the fact that other impaired drivers are on the road, and that one’s visual skills decrease at night, you have a recipe for disaster.
That’s why this Fourth of July law enforcement throughout Santa Clara County is stepping up enforcement efforts as part of the ongoing Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force, joining thousands of agencies statewide in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers who put themselves and others at risk. The Santa Clara Police Department will be conducting roving DUI saturation patrols on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5.
The Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force recommends these simple tips for a safe Fourth of July:
• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report it - Call 9-1-1
• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
Funding for the California Avoid DUI Campaign is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to report drunk drivers and call 9-1-1.