The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is making a clear statement that driving drunk or lighting off fireworks this Fourth of July will not be tolerated.
According to Sheriff Bill Gore, “Most Americans may not realize it, but the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes.”
To combat this deadly holiday trend, DUI checkpoints will be setup throughout San Diego County, along with an increased number of officers roaming the streets looking for wild and dangerous driving behavior.
“Too many people die behind the wheel each year due to those who chose to driver after drinking, so we will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” says Gore.
Also being cracked down on will be firework usage, which, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, sent more than 9,600 people to the emergency room last year.
According to a spokesman from the Sheriff’s Department, “Fireworks can cause burns, lacerations, amputations, and blindness. Sparklers can burn at a temperature hot enough to melt gold.”
Fireworks also carry a risk of fires. “The best way to protect your family,” says the SDPD, “Is to attend fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.”
A number of road closures are expected for various fireworks displays being held throughout the county, and authorities are reminding motorists to take care in these traffic filled areas. More than a dozen major roadways will be closed down for these freedom celebrating festivities, and with it will be an increased level of foot traffic.
In these high density areas, pedestrian accidents can become a problem. If you find yourself behind the wheel through these areas, be sure to take extra care in avoiding the people around your vehicle at all times.
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