FORT MADISON – The month of July is a National Picnic Day with the celebration of summer activities, warm weather and outdoor barbeques in the United States.
Families get together for fun and laughter in local parks or backyards, which require traveling long or short distances for many. With increased road use and the possibility of increased alcohol consumption, the risk of traffic crashes rise.
An analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that on average, more people die in motor vehicle crashes in July than any other month of the year. The study found that alcohol and speeding were big contributors.
To combat the impaired driving problem in the month of July, there will be increased law enforcement officers on all of Iowa’s roadways to spread the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated. It is NEVER okay to drive after drinking. Have a plan to get home safely if you will be drinking. Call a family, friend, cab, or Uber to pick you up. Everyone wants you to be safe.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and the Fort Madison Police Department want to remind you that the best way to protect yourself in any crash is to be wearing your seat belt, and don’t drive drunk or buzzed.