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TMACC Reminds Drivers to Drive Safe This Fourth of July Weekend

Malvern, PA-The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) is reminding drivers to be alert and be responsible this Fourth of July weekend. 

The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate America’s patriotic history with family and friends.  Unfortunately, it is a time of year where driving accidents occur more frequently.  According to auto club AAA, 41 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles or more this July 4th weekend.  That is a about a 2 percent increase from last year’s holiday weekend. 

Accidents increase during this weekend due to people driving impaired. According to 2013 Pennsylvania State Police data between July 3 and July 7, a total of 811 crashes were investigated. Sixty-seven of those crashes were alcohol-related, including four of the 11 total fatalities. During the same period, state troopers arrested 411 people for driving under the influence.

Executive Director of TMACC, P. Timothy Phelps, reminds drivers to be pay attention to the amount of alcohol you consumed: “It is easy to get caught up in the fun of Independence Day, but everyone, especially drivers, need to be responsible and aware of their alcohol consumption. Keep everyone safe, DON’T drink and drive. Have a designated driver assigned even before you head out to the celebration.” 

TMACC reminds drivers of Chester County to follow these safety tips while traveling this 4th of July weekend:

  • Be Alert:  When driving, refrain from using your cell phone, and if using GPS, assign a passenger to control the device.
  • Be Responsible:  If planning to celebrate this weekend, designate a driver before your go out,  call a taxi or try public transportation.. 
  • Be Aware:  Assume others on the road may be driving under the influence.  Law enforcement has identified some of these easy tells of drunk drivers:  making wide turns; weaving, swerving, or drifting in the opposite lane; driving at a slow speed; stopping without cause or braking erratically; or responding slowly to traffic signals. 

Law enforcement will have in place DUI checkpoints in multiple locations looking for impaired drivers to keep the public safe.

For more information on traffic during Fourth of July weekend, please visit www.pa511.com.

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Malvern, PA 19355
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