“The Fourth of July is a time for us to celebrate our country and independence,” said Pappas. “Many of these celebrations involve alcohol, and it is fine to indulge during time off with family and friends, but if this is part of your celebration plans, please do not drink and drive. Instead, designate a sober driver or use another form of transportation to get home safely. Getting behind the wheel after a day of drinking places the driver’s life in jeopardy, as well as the lives of everyone else in the car and on the road.”
Pappas is promoting safe driving during the Independence Day weekend to reduce the amount of traffic accidents and save lives. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that over 400 people may be involved in fatal traffic accidents during the holiday weekend throughout the United States. Pappas wants community members to celebrate the holiday safely and responsibly so that we can all celebrate the next holiday as well.
“This holiday, let’s focus on our collective safety as we celebrate outdoors, if possible, practice social distancing or wearing face coverings when gathering with family and friends who live outside our homes, and, as always, avoid drinking and driving,” said Pappas. “Following these common sense safety guidelines will ensure that we call all be together for many celebrations to come.”