101 Critical Days of Summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) safety campaign is intended to remind us that we can not afford to lose focus on safety either on or off duty. Summer season is a very dangerous time of year for the Army with notable increases in off duty accidental fatalities. Festivals, road trips, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, softball, and camping are just some of the outdoor activities we like to engage in during the summer. Intense planning often goes into making these outdoor activities a success. When planning your summer activities, remember the effects of alcohol or prescription drugs, and identify the risks associated with impairment while participating in various activities. Always remember to make responsible decisions while enjoying your summer activities.
Summer Holiday celebrations often include barbeques, picnics, water sports, vacationing with family and friends, and fireworks. However, many holiday weekends can be filled with tragedy instead of celebration. The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year when it comes to alcohol-impaired driving crashes on our highways. In 2010 Motor vehicle traffic crashes killed nearly 392 people during the Fourth of July. Of that number, 39 percent of those crashes involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). This summer, don't let your celebrations end in an arrest or tragedy. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk injuring yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant and not the way you want to celebrate the July 4th holiday.
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