Stay Safe, Avoid Drunk Driving this Fourth of July

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 12:00pm by

If you plan to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow in Atlantic City, make sure that you stay safe by avoiding drunk driving. Photo of vehicle accident

Because the holiday falls on a Saturday, many people will be attending events in the area. We expect many tourists, who may not be familiar with the roads, to be celebrating the holiday. If you do decide to drink, make sure you avoid driving.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous days of the year to drive due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. The agency reported that between 2008 and 2012, 765 people lost their lives nationally in crashes involving drunk drivers on July 4.

There is no excuse for this. Police patrol is expected to increase during the holiday, as agencies look to apprehend drunk drivers. Aside from criminal charges, if you are involved in a drunk driving accident that injures or kills someone, you can be held civilly liable.

To avoid a drunk driving accident this Fourth of July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends the following tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver
  • If you are even slightly impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you can get home safely
  • Use your community’s sober ride program

Additionally, if you spot a suspected drunk driver on the road, make sure you contact the local authorities to report him or her.

An Attorney Can Help You Following a Holiday Drunk Driving Accident

Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience representing drunk driving accident victims in Atlantic City. If a drunk driver injures you, you can pursue damages. We are available to answer your questions by calling the number located on this page or by filling out the contact request form.

Enjoy the holiday tomorrow in a safe fashion!

Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys

Source: https://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/4th-july-lets-celebrate-americas-independence-responsibly



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