Be Safe This 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018


The July 4th holiday weekend is the celebration of our country's independence which means more road trips, parties, and vacations!  This also means more vehicle crashes and fatalities as more motorists hit the road.  The Virginia Beach Police Department urges drivers to take the proper precautions before and while driving on the roadways of our city.

While these excursions can start off as a happy occasion, they too often result in tragedy due to negligence and failure to properly execute the necessary steps to ensure safe travel.

The Virginia Beach Police Department wants you to Think Before You Drink! and recommends these simple tips for a happy and safe July 4th weekend:

  • Don't Drive After Drinking! Drunk driving deaths spike during the holidays. Every 51 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash. Be responsible! If you plan to drink, choose a sober designated driver before going out or utilize a (TNC) Transportation Network Company such as Uber or Lyft to arrive home safely.
  •  Buckle Up! Every Trip & Every Time!  Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seatbelts every time they are riding or driving in your vehicle. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against injuries in a drunk-driving related crash.
  • Keep Children Safe In and Around Your Vehicle! Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and any children riding with you are in the car seat or booster seat best suited to protect them. There are other dangers to children in and around cars that you should be aware of:
  • Hyperthermia or heat stroke can occur, from being left unattended in a hot vehicle.
  • Children entering roadway/ playing in the street; stay vigilant and attentive.


Officers will be out in increased numbers conducting Traffic Safety Checkpoints and saturation patrols to arrest intoxicated drivers and take them off the road.  If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, help him or her make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.  Also, Report All Intoxicated Drivers…if you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement agency or dial 911.  Taking time to follow these simple suggestions could possibly save a life…even yours!