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Drive sober or get pulled over

The Fourth of July for many, includes alcohol, which can quickly turn the holiday from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. From 2009 to 2013, during the Fourth of July period nearly 40-percent of all traffic fatalities occurred in alcohol impaired driving crashes. Of the five major holiday periods of the year in California, the Fourth of July ranks as having the highest daily fatality rate.

Nationally, in 2013, during the Fourth of July holiday period (6 p.m. July 3 to 5:59 a.m. July 8), there were 199 people killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California, 28 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes.

This Fourth of July, South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) will be out in full-force targeting those who drink and drive. DUI saturation patrols/DUI checkpoints will take place.

Plan a safe way home before the fun begins. Before drinking, designate a sober driver. Report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.

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