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Think Regional/Act Local

Enjoy The 4th Safely

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July 2, 2012 — Can you believe the 4th of July is coming this week?  Me neither.  That means it is time for another of our safety messages. Please read on – this one can save you money and maybe even your life!


Beginning Sunday, July 1st and continuing through Sunday, July 8th, Michigan State Police will be patrolling the roads as part of the nationwide Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) traffic safety initiative aimed at drunk drivers. Visit the Michigan State Police Web site to learn where and when the special enforcement activities will take place.


July 4th is likely to be a beautiful day and people will be going to parties, the beach or to friends homes.   You want to have  a good time, but have a safe time too!  Please be safe and consider the following actions:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party starts.
  • If you’re impaired, call a taxi, sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.
  • Don’t text and drive!
  • Always make sure you and your passengers are properly secured, either with seat belts or in the appropriate car seat or booster.
  • Be extra careful around motorcycles, this is the first year the state has allowed drivers to drive without a helmet

Listening and following these simple steps will help you, your family and everyone enjoy this and the many holidays to come!


Carmine Palombo
If you want to know what about anything related to transportation in Southeast Michigan, don’t miss Carmine Palombo's blog. Carmine has more than 30 years of experience in various phases of transportation planning at SEMCOG. He is responsible for administering SEMCOG’s transportation planning program, which includes the region’s long-range transportation plan and short-term transportation plan.

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