Intoxicated Drivers Targeted by Officers to Reduce Risks of Drunk Driving Car Accidents During Labor Day Weekend
Gregg Hollander | August 31, 2011 | Personal Injury
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), law enforcement officers from around the state will participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from now until the end of the Labor Day holiday weekend.
This national campaign is used to keep intoxicated drivers off of our roadways and to help reduce the risks of drunk driving accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. Officers will be joining thousands of agencies across the country to bust these careless drivers, according to the Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles.
“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but also the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said FHP Director, Colonel David Brierton.
Our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys ask that all motorists be safe on our busy roadways during the upcoming holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend is officially recognized from September 2nd through midnight on September 5th. For the last six years, this holiday period has experienced a near 15 percent increase in the number of traffic fatalities compared to other similar holiday periods.
Throughout this enforcement effort, all uniformed Florida Highway Patrol officers will be patrolling the state’s roadways for careless drivers. Participating personnel will even include workers who are normally assigned to administrative duties. Part of the increased effort is used solely to deter traffic violations. The increase in patrol will also be used to help stranded motorists if their car happens to break down.
According to National Safety Council, approximately 400 people will die in traffic accidents in the United States over the Labor Day weekend. Another 39,000 people are expected to be injured and will require medical attention because of these incidents.
Nearly 2 million Floridians are expected to travel at least 50 miles over the holiday weekend. Now add the number of visiting tourists and we’re sure to have some congested and chaotic roadways.
Because the Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest and one of the deadliest times on our roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and local enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
Follow these safety tips to help you avoid a drunk driving accident:
-Before you go out and consume any amount of alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver that agrees to remain sober throughout the night.
-Call a cab, get a hotel room or stay at a friend’s house if you don’t have a designated driver and you’ve consumed any amount of alcohol. Even the smallest amounts can affect you ability to react and your judgment.
-Don’t let your friends drive drunk. Take their keys and discuss with them a safe way to get home.
-If you’re hosting a party and serving alcohol, make sure that everyone knows to find a responsible ride home before beginning the party. Offer non-alcohol beverages to the designated drivers.
-Dial*FHP (*347) to report an aggressive or a drunk driver. You can also use this number if you’re in need of roadside assistance.
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. Please adjust your driving habits to accommodate our busy roadways and keep an eye out for drunk drivers.