Drunk driving accidents a holiday risk from Fort Myers to Fort Lauderdale

The Florida Highway Patrol has announced a crackdown on drunk driving this holiday season in an effort to reduce the number of Fort Lauderdale car accidents and traffic accidents elsewhere in South Florida.

West Palm Beach Accident Attorney Gregg Hollander and the staff at The Hollander Law Firm wish each of you a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Please celebrate responsibly, designate a driver and don’t drink and drive.

“All too often innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences due to this careless disregard for human life,” said FHP Director, Colonel John Czernis. “We are intensifying enforcement during the holidays and we will be especially vigilant during high-risk, night-time hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.”

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that 1,004 motorists were killed in Florida drunk driving accidents last year, accounting for more than one-third of all traffic fatalities in the state.

Those rates are even higher through the holiday. Last year, 56 percent of all fatal accidents were alcohol related during the New Year travel period. Florida law enforcement will practice zero tolerance through the holiday travel season and the patrol will use auxiliary and reserve troopers to augment staffing during high-traffic periods.

The FHP offers the following advice:

-Plan ahead. If you are going to be drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person the car keys.

-Call a taxi, use mass transit, or phone a friend or family member.

-Report drunk drivers to law enforcement at *FHP (*347).

-Motorists who are having car trouble or otherwise need the assistance of law enforcement can also contact the FHP at *FHP (*347).

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