During the recent holiday season, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) conducted a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to cut down on the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes.
The FHP has now released the initial results of that campaign. During the time period of December 16 through January 2, the FHP arrested about 500 for driving while intoxicated. At the same time, the FHP issued 36,000 citations across the state of Florida. Citations for drivers in specific cities have not yet been tabulated and released.
Fortunately, these campaigns seem to be working, as the number of citations were fewer than in 2010, however, the number of DUI arrests was up over the same holiday period.
The campaign runs nationally every year from December 16 through January 2. It’s organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Drunk drivers are involved in at least one-third of traffic crashes and roadway fatalities. Nationwide, at least 10,000 people were killed in fatal auto accidents involving drunk drivers in 2009.
The legal level of intoxication is 0.08 blood alcohol content (BAC). Anyone who has a BAC that number of higher is guilty of a drunk driving infraction. The penalties can range from jail time to the suspension of a license and fines. Eventually, a driver will lose his or her license to operate a motor vehicle. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop some people from driving.
Farah & Farah’s Jacksonville drunk driving victim lawyers recommend a zero tolerance policy toward drinking and driving for all Florida residents. If you are injured in a car crash that involves a drunk driver, Farah & Farah recommends making the phone call that will put an advocate by your side while you spend time recovering. The number for a cost-free consultation with our law team is (800) 533-3555.