This year, as we celebrate our country’s birthday, thousands of families will take to their cars, driving to neighborhood cookouts, family picnics, and other summer festivities. Sadly, some of those families’ Independence Day will end in tragedy, as too many irresponsible people will decide to drink and drive. Unfortunately, their bad choices will have lasting effects on families.

During the Fourth of July holiday period, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 30, and ends on Wednesday, July 5 at 5:59 a.m., police will be out in full force reminding drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Law enforcement will travel the region, looking to put a stop to drunk driving. Expect to see increased patrols and other enforcement efforts. These enforcement campaigns are vital to public safety, and save lives. Statistics show us that drunk driving is a deadly epidemic in our nation. In fact, in 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes—almost a third of all traffic fatalities nationwide.

This year, law enforcement in McCall is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign over the Fourth of July holiday to end drunk driving. This means increased enforcement with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

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No matter the occasion, drinking and driving have deadly consequences—and it can cost you your freedom. A DUI arrest costs, on average, $10,000, but the punishment doesn’t end with the financial burden. Arrested drunk drivers face jail time, the losMPD Shoulder Patch.pngs of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other hefty expenses, from car towing and repairs to attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, and more.

Remember, with all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Driving impaired is never worth the risk, not to yourself or anyone else. If law enforcement pulls you over for drunk driving this Fourth of July, you can count on being arrested.