As we recently reported on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, there were hundreds of people across the country who were predicted to die in traffic accidents over the 2011 Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The National Safety Council (NSC) predicted that nearly 600 were going to die on roadways across the U.S. during these holidays. During this time, the Florida Highway Patrol was out in full force on our state’s roadways, busting irresponsible drivers to create safer roadways and help reduce the numbers of some of these predictions.
According to recent released preliminary results, the FHP is reporting that its participation with the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” anti-drunk driving campaign was a huge success. During the 18-day holiday period, FHP beefed up its efforts with an emphasis on impaired drivers. During this time, officers also issued nearly 40,000 traffic citations to drivers for speeding, failing to buckle up, etc.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that FHP officers handed out roughly 13,000 tickets to speedy drivers and nearly 3,000 for motorists who failed to wear a seat belt. According to law enforcement agencies across the state, there were more than 110 people who died in traffic accidents during the two and a half week campaign. Holidays produce heavy traffic on our roadways and usually more accidents, injuries and fatalities. As we head into the New Year, drivers are asked to be cautious on our roadways, holiday period or not.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is used as a deterrent program to keep alcohol impaired individuals from behind a steering wheel. The campaign couples heightened public awareness with high-visibility enforcement.
Motorists are reminded that they can call *FHP (*347) if they spot an aggressive driver of if they need any type of roadside assistance.
Preliminary results for enforcement efforts over the recent holidays:
-Number of traffic citations: More than 35,700.
-Drivers arrested for DUI: More than 500.
-Tickets written for speeding: Nearly 13,000.
-Tickets written to motorists who failed to buckle up: Nearly 3,000.
-Motorist assists: More than 11,200.
Florida Highway Patrol officers would also like to use this announcement to remind drivers in the state that the law requires drivers to move over a lane or to slow down to 20 mph when approaching any authorized emergency vehicle or wrecker with lit flashing or rotating lights that is stopped on the side of a roadway.
It’s a brand new year, and we would like to ask all motorists to keep safe driving habits as a top New Year’s resolution. You can take the first step to make our roadways safer. Be cautious and alert on our roadways to avoid a potentially fatal accident. Remember to be patient while we head through the congested traffic from seasonal residents. Increased volumes of traffic should cause increased safety precautions behind the wheel.