How ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Can Prevent Personal Injury and Save Lives

The Fourth of July is a popular holiday many Americans celebrate yearly. Remember to drive sober or get pulled over. Join Barnes Cohen & Sullivan in Supporting ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ for a Safer Tomorrow. If you have been injured in an auto accident due to a drunk driver, call our personal injury firm for a free consultation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “one person is killed, on average, about every 39 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, totaling more than 13,000 lives lost each year”.

Tips to Celebrate Safely

  • Plan ahead of time for a sober ride home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Avoid distractions while driving.
  • Follow Traffic Laws.
  • Stay Alert.
  • Use Ride-Share Services.

The rate of alcohol impairment can be different with many people. Having a safe plan to get home at the end of July 4th celebrations is important to avoid auto accidents. In 2022, the NHTSA stated the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was 2.9 times higher at night rather than during the day. Males are also more likely than females to be driving drunk when involved in fatal crashes – 23% of males were drunk, compared to 175 of females in 2022.

The Risks of Impaired Driving

Impaired driving, whether due to alcohol or drugs, significantly increases the risk of accidents. Alcohol impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction times, making it extremely dangerous to operate a vehicle. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, driving under its influence is dangerous and illegal in all states. Drugs can alter perception, attention, balance, coordination, and other faculties essential for safe driving. Remember, if you feel different, you drive different.

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate and create cherished memories with loved ones. However, it is also a time to prioritize safety and make responsible choices, especially when it comes to driving. By planning ahead, staying sober, avoiding distractions, following traffic laws, staying alert, being prepared, and spreading awareness, we can all contribute to a safer Fourth of July. Celebrate responsibly and drive sober to make this Fourth of July an accident-free holiday.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver in Florida or Georgia, call Barnes Cohen & Sullivan for a free consultation. Our personal injury team is dedicated to help you get the treatment you need after a serious accident.