Plan to Get Home Safely This Fourth of July

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. Urges You to Make a Plan to Get Home Safely This Fourth of July.


If you drive drunk, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face a DUI arrest.  The average DUI costs $10,000, making it not only a potentially deadly decision, but also difficult to recover financially.  During the Fourth of July 2012 holiday period, 46% of the young drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were alcohol-impaired.  According to Tom Giruzzi, Oneida County STOP-DWI Coordinator, “the New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.”  Arrested drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs; simply put, it’s not worth it!  Whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s never worth the risk to drive impaired.  There’s always another way home.


What should you do?

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact 911 and report them; and
  • Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.


For more information about CFLR, Inc.’s Drinking Driver Program, to get involved in efforts to combat underage drinking or any of the programs of Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc., please contact Judith H. Reilly, Community Programs Director, at 315.733.1709 or


As a community partner, it is important to Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. to continue spreading the message of hope to our area; especially, as we transform the lives of individuals and families by providing help and hope through advocacy, prevention, counseling and training.

Posted by Morgen Irwin