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Celebrate Responsibly This Independence Day

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As Fourth of July approaches, the only red, white and blue DMV would like you to see are the celebratory colors of our nation, not the flashing lights of a patrol car. That is why the department wants to remind you to be extra cautious on the roadways, especially during the national holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.” This means more people are drinking and driving on the road during Fourth of July than most other times of the year.

In addition to drunk driving, driver distractions can occur in other forms. Texting, eating and cell phone use are such common distractions. So if travel is in your plans, read the following tips before you head out:

•    Eat before or after you drive, so you won’t have to do so while driving.
•    Leave early to allow yourself enough time to reach your destination without having to rush.
•    Map out your route prior to getting in your vehicle.
•    Check your vehicle’s controls to make sure everything is working properly.
•    Exercise caution and drive slowly, as parents and children will begin lighting fireworks in the street once it gets dark.

Don’t become a statistic! Driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle collisions and near-collisions. The DMV wants to make sure you are equipped with the necessary resources to keep you, your family and your friends safe this coming holiday. Find out other ways to minimize common driver distractions.

Happy Fourth of July!