Drunk drivers beware! According to FOX 29, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are on the hunt for intoxicated and irresponsible drivers this week through March 17. This enforcement effort is to help reduce the risks of alcohol-related and other car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere through St. Patrick’s Day.
This enforcement effort is all a part of Florida’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign. While drivers who are under the influence of alcohol will be the target through St. Patrick’s Day, troopers are also looking for drivers who aren’t wearing a seat belt, drivers who exceed the speed limit and those who drive recklessly.
Our Boca Raton injury attorneys would like to remind motorists to stay cautious on our roadways, no matter what time of the year it is. Right now, we have the remainder of the snowbirds and we have Spring Breakers from all over the country calling South Florida their vacation destination. With the increase in traffic and the increased risks for alcohol-related car crashes, we’re asking all motorists to be safe throughout the remainder of the season.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there are about 20,000 alcohol-related crashes on our state’s roadway every year. These accidents wind up taking the lives of about 800 people annually. In addition to these fatalities, more than 12,000 people are severely injured. A lot of these accidents happen around St. Patrick’s Day and other popular holidays. Still, it’s important to remember that these are completely preventable accidents.
“The Florida Highway Patrol continues to make DUI (Driving Under the Influence) enforcement a priority,” said FHP’s Col. David Brierton.
The FHP offers these tips to help prevent alcohol-related car accidents:
-Plan ahead. Make sure that you have designated a sober driver before you head out for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Make sure that the designated driver understands that a designated driver has nothing to drink. They’re not the person who has had the least to drink.
-If you’re hosting a party, be sure to offer nonalcoholic beverages to everyone’s sober drivers. Help to accommodate these individuals. Make sure they have plenty to eat and that they’re comfortable. They’re helping to save lives after all.
-Keep an eye on your friends and family members. Make sure that no one who is close to you gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
-If you’re stuck without a designated driver, you should call a taxi, take a bus, call a sober friend or family member to come get you, get a hotel room, or stay where you are and sleep it off.
We urge all residents to get out, have fun and enjoy this year’s St. Patrick’s Day events. We know there will be green beer offered all around town, and we’re not telling you not to drink it, we’re just asking that you don’t drink and hop behind the wheel. Be safe and enjoy your weekend!