Every year Americans head out on our nation’s highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. The celebration frequently includes drinking alcohol, which unfortunately too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year.
From 2010-2014, 39% of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. There were 397 people killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday. Of those fatalities, 41% were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
In California during the holiday, there is an average of six people killed and 110 seriously injured each year.
To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, the AVOID the 21 DUI task force of Fresno and Madera counties will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.
* DUI Saturation patrols will deploy throughout the weekend
* DUI Checkpoints are planned throughout Fresno and Madera counties
* CHP officers will deploy a Maximum Enforcement Period during the 3-day weekend with all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads
The consequences of drunk driving are serious. Not only are impaired drivers putting their lives and the lives of others at risk, but a DUI arrest means a loss of freedom and money. That can include going to jail, losing a driver license, and paying steep financial costs of $10,000 or more.
The AVOID the 21 DUI Task Force recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving.
* Plan a safe way home before the fun begins
* Before drinking, designate a sober driver
* Use DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP mobile app to find a “List of Spots” supporting your designated driver or to easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.
* Remember - drugs, medication and alcohol equals crashes. Recent statistics reveal that 30% of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.
* If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report drunk drivers by calling 911
* If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend’s keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.
Funding for the AVOID the 21 DUI Campaign is a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and
AVOID the 21 of Fresno and Madera Counties DUI Task Force