Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dec. 15, 2014

It’s the time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking.  If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the Sarasota Police Department has a message for you:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Due to the increase in drunk-driving related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across the United States are out in force, actively searching for drunk drivers.  The facts are grim:  In December 2012, there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher; 26 of those 830 deaths occurred on Christmas Day.

“The Officers of the Sarasota Police Department are committed to ensuring a safe Holiday Season for the residents and visitors to our City.” said Captain Patrick Robinson, Patrol Division Commander, Sarasota Police Department.  “Drunk driving isn’t a victimless crime and our Officers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this holiday season.  It’s illegal in every single state to drink and drive,” said Captain Robinson.  “The safest thing to do is to only drive sober and if you plan on drinking, let someone else do the driving – a sober friend, taxi or public transportation.  Being arrested for driving drunk, or injuring some while driving drunk, is not the way to celebrate the holidays.”

Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America.  If you’re drinking and driving, the Sarasota Police Department will find and arrest you.  No warnings, no excuses.  You’ll face jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s license, towing fees and other DUI expenses which total $10,000 on average.  If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police right away – you could save a life.

Drivers can follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk, or worse, the risk of having a crash.

  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Plan ahead:  Designate a sober drive before the party begins.

If you have been drinking, do not drive.  Call a taxi, use Tow-To-Go (1-800-2-TOW-2-GO).  In Florida, Tow to Go is offered December 24, 2014 through 6 a.m. January 1, 2015.