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The Freedom to Make Safe Choices

Independence day is here.

Sparklers sizzle in the air, flags wave high in the sky, and many people get drunk. This makes driving during the holiday especially dangerous. Over the 4th of July period in 2018, 193 people died in motor vehicle accidents, 40% of which were due to alcohol impairment.

This information is terrifying by itself, but even more compounded when you consider the increase in alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alcohol sales have surged.

According to Nielsen, alcohol sales increased nearly 27% since March 7, when COVID-19 started shutting down the U.S.

Many Americans are coping with the stress of the pandemic by drinking.

With alcohol in more hands than ever, this holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity to have the conversation with your teen about the dangers of alcohol use and impaired driving.

We have resources to help:

Remember, you can celebrate without drinking.

Your Fourth of July doesn’t have to include alcohol if you have underage children. Here are some other classic ways to ring in your celebration (don’t forget to practice social distancing while you’re at it):

  • Fireworks: a socially acceptable pyromania. Please remember to be safe when participating.
  • Barbeque: brats, burgers, dogs, veggie-burgers, there are endless possibilities. To go with your barbeque, check here for non-alcoholic drink ideas.
  • Yard games: Cornhole, ring toss, or an old-fashion game of kickball are great ways to celebrate this year, while staying close to home.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July, however you choose to celebrate!

Ciera DuBan
Ciera@missourisafeandsober.com
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