ABC advocates for a safe and responsible Independence Day

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control encourages the public to celebrate the Fourth of July responsibly by designating a sober driver for celebrations involving alcohol. Licensees can help keep the public safe by checking IDs and not serving obviously intoxicated patrons.

“Improving safety is always our number one goal,” said ABC Director Joseph McCullough. “In addition to the work ABC agents will be doing this holiday, we can all do our part in keeping everyone safe by planning to take alternative transportation or designate a sober driver to get home safely following events involving alcohol.”

ABC suggests licensees offer nonalcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor who is drinking alcohol. If you see people leaving who have been drinking alcohol, check on how they are getting home and offer alternate transportation if needed.

The California Highway Patrol will deploy extra patrol officers over the holiday weekend as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period beginning at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. There were 68 people killed in crashes on California’s roadways during the 2023 Independence Day MEP, and CHP made 1,224 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 37 people die in the United States every day from drunk-driving crashes. In 2022, 13,524 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths.

ABC’s Fourth of July enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember to report drunk drivers by calling 911. 

About the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is the agency of the government of the state of California charged with the regulation of alcoholic beverages. ABC’s mission is to provide the highest level of service and public safety to the people of California through licensing, education, and enforcement. ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.