It’s not exactly celebrating independence when you get a DUI on the Fourth of July, but many people will make bad choices that day. You don’t have to be one of them.
Just because it's summer and you want to enjoy that extra day off work doesn’t mean you have to make choices that end up causing long lasting consequences. Be smart this Fourth of July and don’t get a DUI, or worse. If your drinking has gotten out of hand, get professional help. At Legacy Freedom, we offer affordable alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC and the surrounding areas.
Avoid Getting a DUI on July 4th
In 2012, there were over 10,000 fatalities related to driving under the influence, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That number accounts for the whole year, but it has been noted that there is an increase in drunk driving cases over holidays. The NHTSA has data showing that 756 people died in crashes over the Fourth of July holiday from 2008 to 2012.
The NHTSA also reports that there is an increase in fatal crashes involving drug or alcohol impairment at night, which isn’t surprising. Most people drink in the evening, and most parties keep going until after the sun goes down, sometimes even until the sun starts to come up again. Impairment plus limited visibility because of darkness increases the chance of an accident. Of drivers involved in a fatal crash on the fourth day of July in 2012, they had an impairment rate 2.5 higher at night than during the day.
Checkpoints are common on the weekends, but on holidays, there is usually an increase. While some may see it as an inconvenience, especially if a driver has not had anything to drink but is stopped, they are done to protect the community. Some states have seen a drop in alcohol related accidents on holidays when more checkpoints are put into place. It is much better to prevent an accident than deal with the aftermath of what someone who is driving under the influence can cause.
If you are caught driving while impaired over a holiday weekend, chances are you may end up in jail longer. If you’re pulled over and arrested on Friday because you started celebrating early, you could end up in jail three days. This year the Fourth of July is on a Monday, and the courts are closed, so you wouldn’t see a judge until Tuesday. That will put a damper on the four day weekend you looked forward to having.
If you like to start drinking early every day, whether it’s a holiday or not, and think it may be becoming a problem, give us a call at Legacy Freedom. We have admissions counselors on hand to answer any questions you may have about drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC. You could spend this July 4th free of your need to drink to cope with life’s ups and downs.
You may think it’ll never happen to you, but if you drink and drive you run the risk of being pulled over and given a DUI or worse. Don’t let your holiday weekend turn into a nightmare because you made a bad decision. Plan ahead this Fourth of July so that you can avoid getting a DUI and dealing with all the consequences that follow.
Here are some tips to help you have a safe and DUI-free holiday weekend.
1. Plan your ride ahead of time
If you’re going to a party or a bar and you know you’re going to drink, don’t drive. Get a ride there and plan for a ride back. If you decide to drive there and leave your car, you run the risk of thinking you’re okay to drive, and then you’ll get behind the wheel and put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk.
With Uber and Lyft, plus good old fashioned taxi services, available there is no reason to drink and drive. The cost of the fare to and from your destination is much less than the cost of getting a DUI or causing an accident with fatal results.
2. Stay with a friend
If you’re going to a party at a friend’s house, ask if you can stay over. Bring a sleeping bag and plan to crash on the couch or the floor. If you’re lucky, they may have a nice guest room you can use. Ask early though, so they can prepare. You don’t want to wait to ask when you show up because they may have other people staying over.
3. Get a room
No, we don’t mean get a room in that way. We mean that if you’re out downtown partying and there is a hotel or motel nearby, book a room there. It can be expensive, so if you’re out with a group of friends see if they want to go in together and share a room. Most hotel rooms have two double beds and some have couches, too. Chances are, if you’re hanging out with old friends, you’ve probably crashed in the same room together before so it won’t be a big deal, plus you’re being a good friend by keeping everyone safe.
4. Have the party at home
You don’t have to go out to have a good time. Have the party at your house this year. Clean off the grill, get out your tongs and have everyone bring their own meat and beverages. You’ll have to supply the basics if you want to be a good host, but the investment in some paper products and snacks is far cheaper than if you got a DUI. Who knows, you may discover that you’re a great host and decide to start a new tradition. Just be careful with the fireworks. Some might be illegal in your state. You wouldn’t want to trade one legal issue for another.
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