The Fourth of July is a holiday for celebrating Independence Day, visiting with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, this holiday also claims itself to be the second deadliest day of the year for drunk driving deaths according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS).
According the U.S. Department of Transportation, 40 percent of all fatal alcohol-related traffic accidents involved teens who were driving under the influence. With the high teen drunk driving rate and danger of the roads on the fourth of July, we want to make everyone aware and encourage families to take proper precautions. The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce recommends parents take the following steps to keep alcohol out of the hands of youth this July Fourth:
- Know your child’s friends’ parents
- Talk with other parents/adults to make sure that alcohol is not available at the events youth will attend
- Talk with your child
- Set a good example for responsible adult alcohol use, if you choose to drink
Parents are not the only people who can take a stand for a safe and sober Fourth of July. Many events and parties occur out in the community. Below are a few suggested actions to keep youth and everyone else in the community safe this July Fourth:
- Report illegal commercial alcohol sales – Call 1-877- CheckID or 770-499-4719
- Report underage drinking parties – Call 911 or your local police precinct
- Refuse to supply alcohol to underage youth in your home or on your property
- Make food and non-alcoholic drinks available at celebrations and limit excessive drinking
- Support local law enforcement efforts to enforce alcohol laws
Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wishes everyone a safe, sober and patriotic Fourth of July holiday.