Message Monday

Nobody relishes a pickled driver

The July 4th holiday is a great time to celebrate our freedom with friends and family by partaking in barbeques, fireworks, camping, and other summertime fun. Many times those celebrations involve alcohol. If alcohol is part of your holiday plans, remember drinking and driving do not mix.

In 2017, 96 of the 330 people killed on Iowa’s roadways were involved in a crash with an impaired driver. Just think about that, we could have cut the Iowa fatality number by almost 30 percent if those impaired drivers had simply handed the keys over to a sober friend or family member.

AAA expects a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday week, a 5 percent increase from last year and the most travelers for the holiday since AAA began tracking 18 years ago.

Don’t risk becoming a statistic. If you’re going to drink, plan ahead to stay where you are or find a sober ride home. If you end up somewhere and need a ride home, there’s a great program called Tow 2 Go. For the July 4th holiday, the program runs from Tuesday, July 3 to 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 5. A tow truck will come to get your car and transport both you and the vehicle home at no charge. Find out more at

For 2018, there have been 141 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of 11 since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

July 2, 2018