Alabama Department of Public Safety July 4th Safety Tips

State law enforcement has teamed together with county and municipal agencies to remind Alabamians that safety is important when traveling Alabama roadways or waterways during the Fourth of July holiday.Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows during the July 4th period in 2012, 179 people were killed in crashes across the nation, and 44 percent of those deadly crashes involved alcohol. State law enforcement urges residents to follow these safety tips: Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages, avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, buckle up on the road or on the water, focus on driving or boating and avoid such distractions as texting and using cell phones, and slow down in construction zones.

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