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July 4th 2013, Get Independent!: Plan Before You Celebrate!

posted at 9:44 am Thu Jun 27th, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

The Fourth of July is an American holiday that is celebrated far and wide with families, friends, and great food. But plan ahead. The fourth is one of the most deadly holidays on our highways because of impaired drivers.

Make a plan that will include getting you, your family and friends back home safely.

Nationally, nearly 900 people have lost their lives over this short holiday in the past six years. We can greatly reduce these tragedies, by simply planning ahead. Consider using a designated driver, public transportation or staying home if you plan on consuming alcohol.

Driving while impaired effects not only your ability to drive, but it impairs your ability to decide whether or not you can drive. Poor judgment can result in injury and death to you or others.

Many of the state's law enforcement agencies will be on the state's roads this weekend. They will be patrolling in areas of the state where data indicates that impaired driving crashes are happening. In response, sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in selected locations throughout the state. The Vermont State Police, Sheriff's Departments, and municipal agencies and local Constables will be participating in these enforcement campaigns in an effort to keep all motorists safe.

It should be noted that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), states that twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over this weekend and four times as many occur at night. Therefore saturation patrols and sobriety/safety checkpoints will be used during these high-risk times in an effort to prevent crashes and save lives.

Let's have a great weekend, a safe weekend. Make a plan before the celebration begins!


State of Vermont | Vermont Department of Public Safety

Submit An Anonymous Tip: Text CRIMES (274637) to Keyword VTIPS

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Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)

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