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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent

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Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

               You’ve heard it before, but sometimes repetition is the best advice.  With Independence Day just a few shorts days away, celebrations should be done safely and sober!  This Independence Day, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Watch UR BAC program, along with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are reminding drivers that buzzed driving is drunk driving.

               Anyone under the influence of alcohol who chooses to get behind the wheel of a vehicle not only puts everyone on the road in danger, but also themselves.  Fourth of July festivities often start early in the day and go into the evening, causing more cars to be on the roads at night.  In 2019, 515 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the July 4th holiday period, with 38% of the fatalities occurring in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. 

               We want our community to have a happy and safe Independence Day, one that they’ll remember for years to come, for all the right reasons.  Under NO circumstance is it ever ok to drink and drive.  Not only is it illegal, but it can be deadly.  The goal of Extension’s Watch UR BAC is for everyone to enjoy the red, white, and blue of our country’s flag, fireworks, and family gatherings.  Partners urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening, or better yet, have an alcohol-free celebration.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension reminds drivers to follow these tips for a safe night on the roads:

  1. Remember: it is never ok to drink and drive – even if after only one alcoholic beverage.  Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  2. If you suspect that a motorist on the road is driving drunk or intoxicated, contact local law enforcement immediately.
  3. If you have a friend who is about to drive after drinking, take their keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.

The Annual Independence Day Fireworks and Concert is returning to downtown Sulphur Springs on July 3rd.  There is no charge and the event is family-friendly.  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m., with the fireworks to follow.  Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, and enjoy the show!


2021 Fall Festival is on the Calendar

               The Arts & Crafts Show and Creative Arts Contest (two of my favorite undertakings!), along with a parade, carnival, petting zoo, Kids’ Zone, and commercial exhibits are all scheduled for the 2021 Hopkins County Fall Festival.  The parade will be Saturday, October 16, with the other events taking place October 22-23.  And be sure to visit the stew contest on October 23. 

               The Arts & Crafts show exhibitors forms will be available soon.  This event is for anyone who has handmade items to sell. The cost is very small compared to other craft bazaars, and home artisans are able to earn a little money on items they enjoy producing. For visitors, it provides a great opportunity to get in some early Christmas shopping for those one-of-a-kind items!   

               More information will be coming your way, but the organizers of the Fall Festival wanted you to have the dates.


Closing Thought

Our choices shirt and change the course o our lives – Goldie Hawn

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