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Safe Travel Tips for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend

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The Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Highway Safety know Mainers love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food and celebrations highlighted by fireworks.

However the fact is, this favorite American independence holiday typically increases drinking and impaired driving, which can potentially lead to deadly consequences. The MBHS wants to remind you to celebrate responsibly: designate a sober driver or plan for a safe ride home. Don’t sacrifice your independence or anyone’s safety by driving impaired.

This July 4th Holiday, Law Enforcement will be out patrolling Maine’s roadways, with a goal of reducing impaired driving. The mission, to keep the communities we serve and protect safe. Driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs puts you, your passengers, and everyone on the road at risk. Law Enforcement presence will be increased on Maine roadways during the July 4th holiday, to improve safety across the state.

In Maine, between 2020 and 2023, there were four fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes during the July 4th holiday period. One fatality in 2020, did occur from impaired
driving.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety would like to offer the following tips to help all motorists celebrating the July 4th Holiday, do so safely and responsibly:

    • Know that it is never okay to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
    • Before celebrating, designate a sober driver. Plan to stay where you are, or plan to use public
    transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
    • Be on the lookout for possible impaired drivers on Maine roadways. If you witness a vehicle operating
    erratically on the road, call 9-1-1 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

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