Fourth of July, especially when it falls on a weekend, is one of the summer holidays that is
synonymous with barbecuing with friends and family and having a couple of cold beers while watching the fireworks.
However, Forth of July weekend can also be one of the most dangerous on Florida roads when it comes to drinking and driving accidents and deaths, leading police to crack down on all drivers. Dozens of people die in traffic accidents during a Fourth of July weekend while hundreds more get arrested for driving under the influence and thousands get tickets for other driving infractions such as speeding. Here are some ways that you can keep yourself safe on the road this holiday weekend.
1. Plan Ahead – Make sure that you designated a responsible person to stay sober when you are out partying and have them drive home. Always have a contingency plan in case your designated driver does not work out. Have the numbers for a few taxi companies handy. Many groups, such as the AAA for example, will offer free rides home to those who cannot drive because they have been drinking. Research these options before you go out.
2. Wear Your Seat belt – Wearing your seat belt is the law in Florida and can save your life if you are involved in an accident with someone. Additionally, law enforcement usually steps up enforcement of seat belt laws during holiday weekends. And if you have had a few drinks and decide to drive…not wearing your seat belt gives police a reason to pull you over leaving you more susceptible to a DUI charge.
3. Follow Traffic Laws – Don’t speed, run stop signs and red lights, or otherwise drive recklessly. This is good advice for every time you are driving, but especially during holidays like the 4th of July when there are a lot more police officers patrolling the roads. You are way more likely to be pulled over and ticketed leaving you with a hefty fine and points on your drivers license. And those points on your license could lead to a license suspension and higher insurance premiums.
4. Drive for the Conditions Around You – if it is raining or difficult to see, slow down. It may take longer to get to your destination, but will keep you safer in the long run. Getting to your 4th of July party quicker isn’t worth getting into a car accident and potentially being seriously injured or injuring someone else.
If, by some chance, you are involved in an accident over this holiday weekend, are arrested for driving under the influence, or pulled over and issued a citation for a traffic violation, our attorneys are here for you. With our experienced lawyers on your side, we will do everything in our power to try and get you the best possible result for your case no matter how big(DUI) or small(traffic ticket).
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