The Fourth of July is not only one of our most cherished holidays as Americans, it's also one of our most deadly holidays because of drivers who drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. It’s a time of the year when Americans should be enjoying family outings, picnics, apple pie, watermelon and traditional fireworks (the legal ones, of course). Unfortunately, the sad fact of the matter is that nationwide, almost 400 motorists lost their lives in 2010 during the July 4th travel period. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 39% of those fatalities came at the hands of a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. That's the legal limit.
In an effort to prevent more tragic and unnecessary deaths, the Dalton Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in a national mobilization to target drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Operation Zero Tolerance is currently underway and will run through midnight July 4th. The DPD will be using saturated patrols and road checks to combat drunk drivers during the mobilization.
So remember, as you plan for food and fun during the Fourth, designate a driver or call a cab if you're planning to drink. If you can't do either one, plan to stay overnight whereever you're drinking or walk home. Whatever you do, don't drink and drive. Over the Limit, Under Arrest!