Here's hoping you will:
Have a great holiday.
Have a safe holiday.
Have a great, safe holiday.
Yes, “great” and “safe” DO go together. You just have to do your part, whether on the road, on the lake, in the air or on the land.
The annual Independence Day holiday always brings out some of the most festive — and rowdiest — celebrants. Safety experts note that the Fourth of July is among the most dangerous holidays, trailing New Year's and just ahead of Memorial Day.
That's because New Year's and Independence Day both are big-time party dates.
But too much partying, or excessive celebrating followed by unsafe practices, can be deadly.
Each year, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, sheriff's offices and police throughout the state are out in force to watch for violators who are speeding, drinking while driving, or disobeying other laws, such as failing to wear a seat belt.
This year will be no different. Expect a visible presence by law enforcement officers.
That includes on Oklahoma lakes. Water safety is a must on lakes with increased numbers of visitors.
The American Red Cross and the highway patrol, which handles the lakes, recommend boaters and other water enthusiasts practice these safety rules:
The American Red Cross has issued several water safety tips for the holiday festivities and for all summer long.
• Remember that alcohol and boating (as well as all other activities on the water) do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination. According to Red Cross statistics, 50 percent of drownings are a result of incidents involving alcohol.
• Wear a life jacket that is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
• Operate personal watercraft with courtesy and common sense. The Red Cross suggests following the traffic patterns of the waterway.
• Use extreme caution near swimmers and skiers. Operate the personal watercraft at a slow speed until the craft is away from the shore.
• Do not overload a personal watercraft, a tube or a raft.
• Make sure boating and skiing equipment are in good shape.
• Turn off the boat's motor completely when approaching a fallen skier.
If you are flying, or with someone who is, don't try to operate an aircraft if you are or have been drinking. All air travel safety regulations apply.
By the way ...
Most cities and towns have regulations regarding fireworks in or near the city limits. Know them for the area where you will be and please follow them. These points can help you, your family, friends and all you meet have a great, safe holiday.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.