Celebrating the Fourth of July safely

By Julianne Peixoto

July 3, 2014 Updated Jul 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) With July 4th comes celebrations and parties, but local law enforcement are reminding residents to enjoy their weekend responsibly.

There will be a significantly increased police presence on roads this weekend as officers crackdown on drunk and distracted and driving.

"Every year on 4th of July weekend we do a check point and we also do some roving patrols," said Binghamton police officer Kevin Brown. "So we have multiple officers out just doing enforcement for drinking and driving."

In 2012, 78 people across the nation died in alcohol-related car crashes on the 4th of July.

"Either have a designated driver, get a ride there and take a cab home, just have a plan before you leave," said Brown. "You’re taking out not only your own life in your hands but also somebody else’s."

Brown also said local residents can do their part in the fight against drunk driving.

"If you do see somebody that you think may be intoxicated, don’t be afraid to call and make a difference," said Brown. "And if you get stopped and you’ve been drinking, you’re gonna get arrested."

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