The Labor Day weekend will see increased enforcement by police officers in Hernando County as well as the rest of Florida in an effort to target and crackdown on impaired drivers. From Friday, September 2 at 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday, September 4, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Florida Highway Patrol will be in both marked and unmarked cars to keep drunk drivers off the road, reports Hernando Today.
Because of a stepped-up national effort during what is typically a holiday season of increased alcohol use, there will be a zero-tolerance policy toward driving under the influence. Instead of being given a citation and another chance, motorists could be arrested, charged with DUI, face jail time, a loss of a license, as well as higher insurance rates. Additionally, some will face the requirement of using ignition interlocks.
Florida DUI Driving Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2009, 10,839 people were killed in crashes involving a driver who was impaired, considered to be above a .08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) level. The age group with the most offenders and highest number of fatalities was 21 to 24.
The NHTSA campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, reports that between midnight and 3 a.m. drunk driving crashes claim a life every 23 minutes. That amounts to 11,000 people who die on the road every year due to drunk driving, equal to the deaths from 21 jumbo jets crashing.
The Jacksonville drunk driving accident lawyers at Farah & Farah encourage everyone to give a second thought to driving drunk of course, but even driving “buzzed” which some people seem to think is okay. It is not and zero-tolerance may mean you find yourself heavily penalized. You may find yourself in jail, publicly embarrassed, and even in some cases, out of a job.
Source: http://www2.hernandotoday.com/content/2011/sep/01/HAOBITO1-dui-crackdown-set-for-this-weekend/; http://drivesober.nhtsa.gov/