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Count the cost of drunk driving this July 4th

• Jul 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM

NORWALK — Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate the birth and freedoms of this country. Before you head out for your celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home.

In 2016 alone, 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

That’s 188 families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and unhappy memories.

The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition (HCSCC) wants the community to understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive. If you’re heading to Fourth of July parties this summer, remember: Drive sober or get pulled over.


Prepare for the Fourth

This Fourth of July, HCSCC urges drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads: 

• Remember that it is never OK to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.

• Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.

• If you see a drunk driver on the road, dial #677 to report impaired drivers.

• Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. 


The Cost of Drunk Driving

Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed.”

When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you.

Does mortality not get your attention? Maybe money will: A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license. You could face jail time, higher insurance rates and hefty expenses from attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, and lost time at work.

Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends or employer.

This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100 percent sober. Don’t lose your independence on Independence Day, and don’t be a deadly risk to yourself and other innocent people.

Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, follow @HuronCoSafeCommunities on Facebook and Instagram.

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