Police urge drivers to stay safe on roads this Independence Day

Author: , Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published: Jul 02 2013 04:35:17 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2013 05:32:20 PM EDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Authorities are reminding folks to be safe on the roads this Independence Day.

The Lehigh Valley DUI Highway Task Force reminded everyone Tuesday to celebrate the holiday responsibly.

Officers will be out in full force this week as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

So, if you're planning to drink, you should plan ahead.

"Impairment begins with the first drink. So, if anybody's going to be consuming alcoholic beverages, we would caution that they make certain that they have a designated driver to drive, and that they do not drive themselves," said Capt. Daryl Hendricks.

Officers also warned about the dangers of fireworks. Even legal fireworks can cause injury, they said, so it's best to leave it up to the professionals.