Letters to the Editor

Be responsible, safe this holiday

This Fourth of July, Americans will toast the country's independence with friends, family and fireworks. Before these celebrations get under way, Better Brands Inc. reminds adults to show their patriotism by designating a driver or skipper to keep everyone safe. You'll join the millions of American adults who have been a designated driver or designated skipper, or been driven home by one.

Here are some additional tips for safe celebrating during the holiday weekend:

1. Buckle up. Ask everyone to wear a seat belt or a life jacket.

2. Be an attentive driver. Always be in control and aware of those around you.

3. Don't speed. Resist the urge to speed by making sure there's plenty of time to reach your destination.

4. Drink responsibly. Adults who choose to drink should make responsible choices about when, where and how much.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drunken driving fatalities during the Fourth of July holiday period are down 40 percent since 1982. This positive trend continues thanks in part to strong law enforcement, community-based alcohol awareness and education programs, the more than 148 million American adults who have been or used a designated driver and the 69 million American adult boaters who have been or used a designated skipper.

We can all do our part to make sure everyone has a fun and safe holiday. Remember, responsibility matters.

Spadoni is CEO of Better Brands Inc., and Riley is the company president.