Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Safety

By Mark Rosekind

Enjoy the holiday weekend responsibly. Don't mix alcohol and driving.

Every year on the Fourth of July, we celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with friends and family from across the nation.  As a result, it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year on our roadways. On an average weekend, one-third of all highway deaths involve a driver who is impaired by alcohol.  Unfortunately, during past Fourth of July Weekends, this number increases to 40 percent of all highway fatalities.  

The adverse effects of alcohol, such as slowed reactions, are difficult to detect and people tend to underestimate the extent to which alcohol affects them.  In many cases, drivers do not exhibit the classic signs of extreme drunkenness, and they don’t believe they are drunk.

This Fourth of July, make the appropriate arrangements so that you do not drink and drive.  Ensure that you, your family, and all of those celebrating the Fourth with you are safe, responsible, and able to continue to enjoy the gift of freedom our forefathers made possible for all of us.


Member Mark RosekindMark Rosekind, Ph.D., is a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board. He is a frequent contributor to the NTSB blog.

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