‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign in Full Swing Through Labor Day Holiday
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and thousands of law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout Florida are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that kicked off August 17 and runs through the Labor Day weekend.
The last weeks of summer can be a particularly dangerous time on America’s roadways. Over Labor Day weekend in 2010, 147 people were killed in drunk driving crashes across the nation. By aggressively seeking impaired drivers and maintaining high-visibility on Florida’s roads and highways, law enforcement is hoping to keep drunk and drugged drivers off the road. Statistics have shown that campaigns like “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” may reduce alcohol-impaired accident fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving costs each adult in America $500 a year. Nearly 11,000 people die in alcohol-related accidents annually — the equivalent of 21 jumbo jet crashes a year
The campaign, which is sponsored by the NHTSA, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), and the National Center for DWI Courts, offers the two-pronged approach of heightening public awareness of the consequences of drunk driving through the media and enlisting law enforcement to put more boots on the ground to stop impaired drivers before they harm themselves and others.
The Manatee County drunk driving accident attorneys at Farah & Farah want everybody to have a safe Labor Day holiday. Remember to drive sober, buckle up, obey speed limits, and have a designated sober driver drive if you are going to drink. Have a great end-of-summer experience, and get home safe.