Wishing You a Healthy and Happy 4th of July!

July 3rd, 2012 by admin

We don’t want to put a downer on your 4th of July activities, but did you know, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver?  And the annual cost of alcohol related crashes totals more than $51 billion?

YOU CAN REDUCE DRUNK-DRIVING ACCIDENTS

Just don’t contribute to the problem.  If you had to much to drink, call a cab or ask a sober friend to give you a ride.  Likewise, never accept a ride from someone else who has been drinking.  Don’t let intoxicated friends get behind the wheel of a car.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM DRUNK DRIVERS

Always wear your seat-belt and make sure children are secured in child safety seats in the back seat.  Be aware of the warning signs of a drunk driver which are:

  • Unnecessary wide turns
  • Straddling lanes or driving on the median line
  • Driving at night without headlights
  • Driving below the speed limit
  • Braking erratically or stopping without a cause
  • Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
  • Nearly strikes an object or curb

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU DO ENCOUNTER A DRUNK DRIVER ON THE ROAD

Don’t try to stop them, instead maintain a safe distance.  Note the vehicle’s license plate number, description of the car, and direction in which it is traveling.  Call the police, this could save a life.

YOU’RE HOSTING A PARTY

You may have a duty to serve alcohol, but that duty is also to serve it responsibly and conscientiously.  Serve alcoholic drinks only on request, and offer sparkling water, soft drinks, and fruit juices.  Avoid making alcohol the main focus of the social event by entertaining guests with music, games, and dancing.  Always serve food when serving alcohol, high-protein foods such as meat and cheese take longer to digest, slowing down the rate at which the body absorbs alcohol.  Avoid salty foods, which make people thirsty.  And be careful not to serve alcohol to minors.

With that being said, let’s celebrate the USA!

 

Sincerely,

Your Friends at The Insurance Center of North Jersey