Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

SARASOTA, Fla. – August 13, 2014 – 1:30 p.m.

Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means a day off, backyard and beach barbecues and visiting family and friends. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving related fatalities.

Now through Labor Day weekend, the Sarasota Police Department will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end drunk driving and save lives. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Sarasota roads.

Each year, on average, more than 10,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving. "We want drivers to know that we do not tolerate drunk driving. No warnings, no excuses. If drivers are caught driving under the influence, they will be arrested," said Lieutenant Kevin Stiff, Assistant Commander, Patrol Division, Sarasota Police Department. "We’re hoping Sarasota drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy. There is always another way home," said Lt. Stiff.

One in three traffic fatalities in the United States are alcohol related. Last year, over the Labor Day weekend, one person was killed every 34 minutes, on average, in an alcohol-impaired driving crash. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs are about $10,000. This Labor Day weekend, don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities.