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Letter: Moderation, common sense keys to July 4 safety, survival

Safety

Moderation, common sense

keys to safety July 4

This fourth of July, Americans will toast the country’s independence with friends, family and fireworks. Before these celebrations get underway, 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 even been driven home by one.

Here are some additional tips for safe celebrating over the holiday:

Buckle up | ask everyone to wear a seat belt or life jacket.

Be an attentive driver | always be in control and aware of those around you.

Don’t speed | resist the urge to speed by making sure there’s plenty of time to reach your destination.

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

Better Brands, Inc is committed to keeping our nation’s roadways and waterways safe. We offer programs to encourage the use of designated drivers and skippers, including Safe Ride and TIPS certification for retail establishments that serve alcohol. Thanks to efforts such as these and increased law enforcement, drunk-driving fatalities during the Fourth of July holiday period are down 56 percent since 1982, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Brenda Spadoni

Mike Riley

Spadoni is chief executive officer and Riley is president of Better Brands, Inc., in Myrtle Beach.

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