Jackson PD: 7 tips to have a safe 4th of July

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Every year Americans head out on our nation’s highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. For many, the celebrating includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year. This Fourth of July, the Jackson Police Department will be out in full force, cracking down on drunk driving by pulling over those individuals who put lives in danger. “Take the time to plan ahead if you intend to consume alcohol this Independence Day. Having a plan can ensure that you get home safely and others on the roadways do too,” said Chief of Police Todd Smith “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving in our community.” “This Fourth of July, don’t risk losing your life or your independence by drinking and driving. Help make everyone’s holiday in Jackson safer by driving sober," said Lt. Cole Nethercott. The Jackson Police Department recommends these 7 safety tips for July 4th weekend: 1. Plan a safe way home before the fun begins. 2. If you choose to drink, do so responsibly and don’t overdo it. 3. Designate a sober driver or use public transportation such as the START bus to get home safely. 4. Or use one of the many local taxi companies who can help get you home without taking undo risk by driving while intoxicated. 5. Only walk if you can do so responsibly. Make sure you stay out of the roadway, wear bright colored clothing so others can see you at night, and know your address should it become necessary to help facilitate transportation for you. 6. If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact the Teton County Dispatch Center at 733-2331. 7. If you know people who are about to drive or ride after drinking, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. Here are 4 scary drunk driving stats: 1. There were 397 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 7th). 2. Of those fatalities, 164 people (41%) were killed in crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. 3. In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide—almost a third of all crash fatalities. 4. And from 2010-2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Teton County has had three major intoxicated pedestrian related incidents in the past 8 months, 2 that resulted in fatalities and 1 serious/life threatening injury. *Feature Photo: h/t the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news