The number of drunk driving car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere throughout the state typically spikes through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. For this reason, Governor Rick Scott has dubbed the entire month of December “National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month,” according to News Channel 5.
Florida’s anti-drunk driving campaign is used to assist the nationwide drunk-driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which takes place from the 16th of December through the 2nd of January. During this time, about 40 percent of all traffic accidents are alcohol-related. This year’s campaigns are being used to help reduce these numbers and to help make our roads safer for all motorists.
Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand that the holidays are used as a time to spend some time away from work and school and to get together with the ones we love. Drivers are asked to be extremely cautious when traveling throughout during this time. The Florida Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies are out in full force on the hunt for impaired drivers.
“Impaired driving continues to be a priority for law enforcement in the state, and the Florida Highway Patrol will be intensifying enforcement during the holidays,” said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton. “Our goal is to create the safest possible driving environment by modifying driver behavior – and helping drivers make better decisions.”
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced the national kickoff for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Alcohol-related traffic accidents continue to account for one out of every three roadway fatalities in the country.
“Safety is our focus year round at DOT. But this holiday season, we’re stepping up our efforts to get drunk drivers off our roads and reminding Americans ‘drive sober, or get pulled over,’” said LaHood. “We’re making gains in our fight against drunk driving, but we cannot and will not let up.”
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign recruits the help to thousands of law enforcement departments across the U.S. It also includes a $7 million Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over advertisement that is being used to alert drivers around the country about the enforcement efforts and to educate them about the dangers and risks associated with driving under the influence.
We would like to remind residents and visitors to go out with a plan. If you’ll be drinking, be sure to designate a sober driver before events begin. If you can’t find a driver, call a friend, a family member or a cab to come get you. If none of that works, get a hotel room or stay the night at a friend’s house. There is no good reason to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Be safe and responsible this holiday season to ring in the New Year safely.