The 4th of July is just days away and since it falls on a Monday this year, many will have a three-day weekend, hurray! Talk about a fun holiday; backyard BBQ’s, parades, community gatherings, and of course fireworks. It’s a great way to remember that back on July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared the United States a new and free nation.
However, with all this 4th of July summer fun, comes increased drinking and driving, so expect to see a greater presence of law enforcement officers watching the roadways and waterways for DUI’s and BUI’s (driving under the influence and boating under the influence), in efforts to keep all people safe.
Starting today, June 30th, city police and county sheriffs will increase their DUI patrol units. The increase in law enforcement will continue through the holiday weekend and will start to taper off mid day Tuesday, July 5th.
And for those celebrating the 4th out on a boat in the Seattle waterways, be aware that the coast guard and Seattle police will be out in full force patrolling for possible BUI’s. Remember that it is illegal to drink alcohol while operating a boat.
Here’s what you can do to prevent DUI’s and BUI’s this Independence Day weekend;
- The simplest solution to avoid a DUI and BUI is to not drink any type of alcohol or partake in any type of drug use.
- Designate a sober driver; someone who does not consume any alcohol or drugs through out the entire day.
- If you are a designated driver or a sober driver, be a good defensive driver and be aware there could be an intoxicated driver on the road.
- If you do decide to drink, don’t drive and take advantage of all the great public transportation options; taxi, buses, Uber, Rideshare, etc.
- If you see a friend or family member under the influence that wants to drive, try to get their car keys and suggest an alternative way for them to get home safely. See our blog, “How You can Prevent a DUI – Tips on getting the Car Keys” for helpful hits.
Happy 4th of July from David O Defense! Stay safe this Independence Day and make smart decisions.