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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Don't Drink and Drive


The Maitland Police Department encourages everyone to drive safely this weekend.

Across the country, more than 800 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period from 2014 to 2018.

Driving while impaired puts you, your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers in danger. Even a small amount of alcohol can impact driving. A blood alcohol concentration of .02 can affect someone’s ability to perform two tasks at one time – and that affects your ability to drive safely, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here are a few safety tips:

  • If you plan to drink, make a plan ahead of time for a sober ride home.
  • Even if you’ve had only one drink, let someone who hasn’t been drinking take you home. A sober driver is one who does not drink at all - not the one who’s had the least to drink.
  • If you’re hosting a Fourth of July gathering, help the designated drivers by making sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911.
  • Always wear your seat belt.

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