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Safety on the July 4th Holiday

July 4th is the second-most-deadly holiday period of the year – just behind New Year’s – due to impaired driving.

Drunk driving is a serious crime.  If you're caught we'll place you under arrest.  No exceptions.  No excuses.

Much of the tragedy that comes from impaired-driving related crashes could be prevented if everyone would take a few simple precautions before going out to party this Fourth of July.

Always follow these tips for a safer July 4th celebration:

  • Whenever you plan on using alcohol, designate your sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;
  • If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;
  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
  • Wearing your safety belt or using protective gear on your motorcycle  is your best defense against an impaired driver;
  • And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Impaired Driving is a Deadly Problem

• Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest problems.  Overall in 2004, more than 15,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator who was impaired by alcohol.  In Anchorage last year, 8 of the 15 fatality collisions involved alcohol – over 50 percent – a number that needs to decrease.

• Too many people still don’t understand that alcohol or drugs and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident—nor is it a victimless crime.

• Legislators and law enforcement officials are becoming even more vigilant in combating impaired driving.  The Anchorage Police Department has officers specifically assigned to DUI and DUI/Drug detection units.

Impaired Driving Creates Serious Consequences

• The tragedies and costs from drinking and driving impaired do not just end at the potential death, disfigurement, disability and injury caused by impaired drivers.

• Driving or riding a motorcycle while impaired is not worth the risk.  The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant.

• Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, other fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, lost time at work, etc.

• Refuse a sobriety test and you can lose your license on the spot and have your car impounded.

• Plus, there is the added embarrassment, humiliation, and potential loss and consequence after informing family, friends and employers.

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

• Don’t let this Fourth of July blow up in your face.  Drunk driving is a serious crime.  We will be out in force looking for drunk drivers. Remember: Drunk Driving.  Over the Limit.  Under Arrest.

This information is courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Anchorage Police Department's Traffic Unit.

    • Police Department
    • Chief of Police : Mark Mew
    • 4501 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907 786-8500