Driving buzzed can turn celebration into tragedy in an instant. With July 4th approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding people of the cost of buzzed driving over the holiday. In 2012, 179 people were killed in crashes over the holiday period. Of those deaths, 44 percent were in crashes that involved alcohol. We’re asking for your support to remind everyone to plan ahead – to ensure their Fourth of July list includes not only fireworks at the park and hot dogs on the grill, but a sober ride home for themselves or their guests. The only red, white, and blue we want anyone to see this holiday should be from the fireworks, not from cops and ambulances.
On July 2nd, we’re hosting a Twitter chat to discuss the dangers of buzzed driving in an easy to share way. We’re also posting tips on how to keep the roads sober and still enjoy the holiday. In order to get these messages out, however, we need you to join in the conversation. It’s easy to do.
WHEN: July 2nd at 4pm ET
WHERE: http://www.twitter.com/NHTSAgov, use hash tag #buzzeddriving
HOW: Ask questions, retweet posts, and invite your followers. Use our sample tweets below to share with your followers:
Join us and @NHTSAgov to learn how to safely enjoy the 4th of July holiday! Follow #buzzeddriving on 7/2 @ 4pmET.
We’re joining @NHTSAgov to save lives this 4th of July. Help us: follow #buzzeddriving on 7/2 @ 4pmET.
@NHTSAgov wants this 4th of July to be fun and safe, and so do we. Do you? Join us on 7/2 @ 4pmET, follow #buzzeddriving.
Help us and @NHTSAgov keep the 4th of July safe with sober roads. Join #buzzeddriving on 7/2 @ 4pmET.
Help us share the message this Fourth of July: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. There is no difference between the two.
Forward this message on to friends, family, and followers and invite them to join us. Let’s make the Fourth of July a day of celebration and not a day of grief. Let’s put a stop to buzzed driving not just on the nation’s birthday, but every day.
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