Most 4th of July crashes involve alcohol

Over the past five years in Oregon, 38 people have died in crashes over the Fourth of July holiday – and 23 of those deaths were from crashes involving alcohol. It’s a tragic way to mark the country’s independence, and perhaps the saddest part is that it doesn’t have to happen. If you get behind the wheel while impaired – whether by alcohol, marijuana, prescriptions, or illegal drugs – you are making a choice that could end someone’s life, including your own.

Instead of driving while impaired consider these tips from safety advocates: Get a ride. With all kinds of ride-sharing options, get one or more apps on your phone so you can easily get a ride. When hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and lots of snacks. Remove the alcoholic beverages several hours before the gathering end-time. If someone is drinking and is about to drive, take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.

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