Florida Highway Patrol to Crack Down on Impaired Drivers through Labor Day Weekend

Aug 23, 2012 Posted by in Motor Vehicle Accidents and Safety

Our Treasure Coast car accident attorneys believe it is important for Florida drivers to say informed about law enforcement efforts to keep our highways safe from dangerous drivers. As the Labor Day weekend approaches, we offer information regarding the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that is running until September 3.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced last week that the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will once again participate in the national safety initiative aimed at removing impaired drivers on the Florida highways and roads. The FHP will increase its presence on interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday period. In addition, FHP Auxiliary troopers will volunteer to augment the Patrol during the holiday travel period. The effort aims to “deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance.”

Col. David Brierton, FHP Director, stated in a press release that impaired driving is one of the deadliest and most often committed crimes in America. In order to get drugged and drunk drivers off the roads, FHP troopers will look for impaired drivers aggressively during the crackdown.

The NHTSA or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports in its 2010 State Motor Vehicle Fatalities statistics that in 2010, there were 10,228 fatalities related to alcohol-impaired-driving nationwide. Florida saw 660 alcohol-related highway deaths in 2010, down more than 100 from 2009. According to Florida’s 2010 Traffic Crash Statistics, drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol were the second leading cause of Florida accident fatalities.

The NHTSA asks the public to get involved and to not leave it up to law enforcement alone to get drunk drivers off the road. The NHTSA asks individuals to take action to prevent people who have been drinking from getting behind the wheel in the first place.

The NHTSA suggests you help stop drunk driving by:

  • Making a personal pledge to not drive drunk.
  • Reminding your friends that cops are out there looking for drunk drivers.
  • Posting a Facebook icon.
  • Printing posters and putting them up where people will see them.
  • Downloading wallpaper for your desktop.
  • Sharing the TV spots and other videos.

Our South Florida car accident attorneys realize that holiday get-togethers often involve alcohol. We ask that you refrain from driving if you have had any alcohol. The life you save could be your own.

Turn To an Experienced Florida Accident Injury Lawyer

If a drunk driver injures you in a Florida traffic accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney who has helped many injury victims recover from serious automobile accidents. I am attorney Philip DeBerard. I have more than three decades of legal experience representing people injured in car accidents and other personal injury claims.

At the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we pride ourselves on providing one-on-one attention to people across South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Our law firm represents victims of drunk driving accidents across South Florida, including Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Stuart, Okeechobee, Vero Beach and Palm Beach.

Call 1-800-299-8878 now to speak with a knowledgeable Florida car accident attorney or fill out our online contact form.

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