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Don't lose your independence this holiday

(KFVS) -

The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest times of the year. If you are thinking about driving impaired; think again. Law enforcement will be on the look out for impaired drivers. 

They will be in full force July 3-5 seeking impaired drivers through increased sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols and other enforcement methods. Don't risk losing your independence or life by drinking and driving. 

"One fatality on our highways is too many, and there is no excuse for driving while you are impaired," said Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri state Highway Patrol. "Over the 2014 July holiday, troopers arrested 155 people who made the decision to drink and drive and put others at risk. If you're going to include alcohol in yuor holiday plans, choose a sober designated driver." 

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommend these simple tips to avoid a drunk-driving disaster:

  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver
  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, dont hesitate to call local law enforcement
  • Always were your seat belt

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