| Sheriff Jay Koon |

As we head toward the Independence Day weekend, I want to remind you that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. However your celebrations might look this year, make sure you celebrate the birth of our nation safely. If you are under the influence of alcohol and you choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you put everyone on the road in danger, including yourself. During the Fourth of July holiday, make sure you plan ahead for a safe weekend of festivities.

All of us at the Sheriff’s Department want our community to have a happy and safe Independence Day, one that they’ll remember for years to come, for all the right reasons. We’ve working with our fellow law enforcement agencies to help remind drivers it is never OK to drink and drive. This behavior is illegal, it’s deadly and it’s selfish. Do everyone in our community a favor: If you’ll be drinking at a Fourth of July party, or for any occasion, plan ahead for a sober ride.

Remember these tips for a safe weekend on the roads:

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement by calling 911.

Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

This Fourth of July, commit to driving 100-percent sober, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.