The holiday season is all about friends and family and getting together with the ones that we love. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when more impaired motorists are on Florida roads. And that’s why officials with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are joining forces for the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Pushing through January 1st, officials in the state of Florida will be focusing on the hunt for intoxicated drivers.
“The Patrol does not tolerate impaired drivers on our roads and will be happy to be your new ‘bartenders’ if you drive while impaired,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the FHP.
Our Fort Lauderdale accident lawyers know there were more than 800 people who were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents last year in the state of Florida. Even having one drink before driving is not worth the risk. You could wind up in a traffic accident, with serious injury, an arrest, or even death.
“With the help of our law enforcement partners, we’re sending a message across the country, today and throughout the holiday season – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
To further the fight against drunk driving, officials with the NHTSA have recently released a “Model Guideline for State Ignition Interlock Programs“. This is going to help states to create and implement a breath alcohol ignition interlock program that is based on highly successful practices from around the world.
The crackdown begun December 13th and will continue through the New Year’s holiday. It’s supported by close to $8 million in national advertising and radio advertising featuring the anti-drunk driving campaign. These ads were created to support law enforcement officers and to help raise awareness of the problem in each state across the county.
Unfortunately, many drivers attempt to calculate their own blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) by the number of drinks they’ve had, and it’s not that simple. With each drink of alcohol that you consume, your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle diminshes. If you’re even planning on one drink, you should not plan on getting behind the wheel. You can always hail a taxi, call a friend or family member, use public transportation or stay the night. The last thing you want to do it get behind the wheel, and potentially get arrested, or even worse — be involved in a collision.
Over the last six major holidays, about 40 percent of motor-vehicle accidents involve a driver who is legally drunk. In just the few days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve, an average of 304 people are killed in drunk driving accidents in the U.S.
Here’s to wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!
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