Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This 4th of July Holiday

Ventura County, Ca. – The 4th of July holiday is a time to enjoy firework shows and show country pride, but is also traditionally one of the more dangerous times on the road.

To keep families safe this Independence Day, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrol resources deployed.  Their focus will be on impaired driving during the 4th of July holiday.

According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol, seven people were killed and 73 injured in alcohol-related crashes statewide on fourth of July last year. Every deadly crash involved a driver who had been drinking.

“Drinking and driving is a bad combination,” says Captain Shane Matthews. “There is no excuse for making such a reckless choice given all the other options available.  Calling a friend or family member for a ride, calling a taxi, or using a ride share application…these options are available to everyone.  Please be smart and make this 4th of July holiday a fun and memorable one.”

If you are headed to 4th of July parties, designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you are hosting a party, offer nonalcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor who is drinking. See people leaving who have been drinking? Check how they are getting home. Offer to let them stay the night if a sober driver is not available to take them home.

The average cost of a DUI arrest is approximately $13,500, accounting for vehicle impound fees, fines, attorney fees, auto insurance hikes and other penalties. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office also reminds residents that prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing and land you a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol and/or other drugs.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office


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