Tips for a safe 4th of July holiday weekend

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As everyone looks forward to and prepares for the upcoming 4th of July weekend, deputies and police officers offer a few safety tips to follow for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

The 4th of July is known for bringing with it big parties, parades, fireworks, barbecues, and weekends at the beach.

However, this year, the focus is on low gas prices and heavy travel.

“Be safe, drive the speed limits,” Lt. Jim Hurd of the Hagerstown Department of Police says, “Obey the traffic laws. As long as you do that, you should be okay.”

According to Maryland State Police, over the past five years, impaired drivers accounted for about one third of all roadway deaths in Maryland.

On average, Maryland will see over 7,000 driving crashes statewide.

Hagerstown Department of Police is stepping up their efforts this holiday weekend by putting more officers on the streets to be on the lookout.

“The laws that we enforce will include distracted driving,” Lt. Hurd explains, “Unrestrained drivers, driving under the influence – any and all types of violations that are out there that could be happening, we’ll have officers out there looking for them.”

If you’re planning on hitting the road this holiday weekend, you’re not the only one.

AAA estimates you and about 43 million other Americans will be traveling this weekend.

AAA also predicts this 4th of July will have the highest travel volume… ever.

“Know going into it ahead of time that it is a widely traveled holiday,” says Carly Hose, the Public Information Officer of Washington County’s Sheriff’s Office, “Practice patience, you’ve got a lot of other people out on the roadways.”

On the positive side, AAA anticipates the lowest gas prices since 2005 on Independence Day.

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