The time around the Fourth of July is one of the busiest traveling times of the year. People often use Independence Day as an excuse for extended weekends and vacations. Unfortunately, this means more people clogging the roads, which means a greater chance of accidents and fatalities.
The holiday is also associated with day-long barbecues, which often come with heavy drinking. Unfortunately, there are too many people who get behind the wheel while under the influence, and the holiday has an elevated danger of DUIs and drunk driving accidents.
So how can you help make the Fourth of July safer for everyone? Here are some tips from our DUI attorneys in Cincinnati, OH that you should be sure to follow this year as you celebrate the holiday and the height of summer:
- Never drink and drive: You’d think this would go without saying by now, but unfortunately it needs to be repeated over and over again: if you’re drinking alcohol, do not get behind the wheel. Even if you’re below the legal limit, you can still be impaired. Alcohol impairs judgment and coordination and slows reaction time, all of which can make a driver more dangerous. The more alcohol a person consumes, the more impaired they’re going to be. Instead, arrange for designated drivers, public transportation or ridesharing services.
- Wear your seatbelt: Seatbelts truly do save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seatbelts reduce serious injuries and deaths related to auto accidents by approximately 50 percent.
- Keep your vehicle in good shape: Before you go on any extended road trips, make sure you’ve given your vehicle a tune-up. Check the tire treads and pressure, check all oil and fluid levels, make sure all your lights work and that your windshield wipers aren’t leaving behind streaks, and give your vehicle a good wash. This can all help create a safer driving experience.
- Avoid distractions: Never use your cell phone while driving—keep your focus on the road ahead of you. If you’re going to use your phone for its GPS capabilities, make sure you program it before you leave, rather than while you’re behind the wheel. Ask your passenger to handle the music controls, and avoid doing your makeup or eating while driving. Even just a couple seconds of lost focus could be the difference between safety and a severe accident.
- Be careful on rural roads: Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates more accidents occur on rural roads than in other types of areas, so if you’re going to be driving on rural highways, be extra cautions and pay attention to your surroundings.
- Avoid speeding: Observe all the speed limits on the road, and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. This is especially true when there are hazards to deal with, such as road construction, lots of other drivers or inclement weather.
For more information, reach out to Herzner Law, LLC today to speak with an experienced attorney in Cincinnati, OH.
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