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State Patrol offers reminders for safe holiday

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:08 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:31 a.m. CST

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Doug Cutts and the Iowa State Patrol Safety Education Unit would like to remind all area citizens to be smart and cautious drivers, especially over the holiday weekend.

For many Americans, July 4  has become a popular week-end to celebrate with friends and family.  Unfortunately, due to the large volume of impaired drivers, the holiday  also has become very dangerous.

The steps below are for drivers to enjoy a safe holiday without jeopardizing their life and the lives of others who may be on the road. 

• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

• Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys. 

If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to insure you get home safely; If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911. And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely. The boating law of .08 is enforced. There will be extra officers on the water and highways. Officers will be watching for texting while driving, speeding, alcohol and reckless drivers.

Drinking and driving is one of America’s deadliest problems and its imperative to be alert. One drink can be enough to make anyone impaired.

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