It’s that time of year to celebrate America’s 240th birthday – and also time to buckle up for one of the busiest holiday weekends.
With Fourth of July weekend approaching, people are finalizing their plans for cookouts, getaways, travel to the lake and other weekend activities. Before you start filling up the cooler and loading up the car, read these tips for making your weekend safe and sane.
This year, July 4 lands on a Monday. With the long weekend, this means Friday’s traffic will be heavy. Expect traffic to peak around noon, but it also will pick up again between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. when the holiday traffic combines with normal rush-hour traffic.
Your best bet? Beat the rush by leaving town early in the morning. If you can’t leave work early and you plan on traveling, make sure you exercise patience. There is no better way to ruin your weekend than by making everyone else in the vehicle grumpy.
I know I say this often, but it bears repeating: Drive safely! This includes slowing down, paying attention only to driving, and not being distracted.
The law and common sense make it absolutely clear, driving any vehicle (including recreational vehicles) or a boat after drinking alcohol is a critical mistake; don’t drink and drive.
A driving-under-the-influence collision or arrest can be averted in a number of ways. Do not drink alcohol if you are a driver. Instead, ride with someone who has not been drinking alcohol, use public transportation, call a safe ride company or stay where you are until you are sober.
What should you do if you see a suspected impaired driver? You can act on your observations of impaired driving by calling 911 and reporting suspected drivers.
The California Highway Patrol will be focusing on impaired drivers, speeders, aggressive drivers and other violations.
Many families turn to water activities to beat the heat. Remember, water levels and currents can change at any time, especially in lakes and the ocean. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Before you head out to celebrate on the water, review safe boating practices:
▪ Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
▪ Before boating, always check to see if there are enough life preservers on hand for every person in your boat.
▪ Set water safety rules for your family.
▪ Keep a first aid kit in the boat.
▪ Sunscreen and hats are a must.
Finally, fireworks are awesome and entertaining, but can be very dangerous if not used properly.
If you follow these simple Fourth of July safety tips, your entire family can have a safe and memorable holiday.