The 4th of July, or Independence Day, marks the day that the original thirteen American colonies declared their independence from the British Empire. On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and, in doing so, declared the United States a new and free nation.
This national holiday has commonly become associated with fireworks, parades, barbeques, and libations. And this year the 4th of July falls on a Monday making this weekend a three-day weekend. Halleluiah!
However, with the celebrations comes the likelihood that the roads will be shared with drunk drivers. In addition to being a defensive and aware driver, there are things you can do to avoid becoming part of the problem.
Public transportation is no longer as difficult to access as it once was. In addition to busses and taxis, we now have Uber, Lyft, and Rideshare. If you plan on drinking, consider one of these alternatives to driving yourself home.
Of course, you can always designate a driver as well. This person is entrusted with not drinking so that they can drive sober. Just be sure that the designated driver remains a sober driver. Drinking less than the rest does not make a DD sober.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California will be out in full force beginning on Thursday and throughout the holiday weekend with DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols in high traffic areas. Stay current with DUI checkpoints locations with the following sites:
However, the only surefire way to prevent a California DUI charge is to not drink. Don’t celebrate freedom with jail.