SARASOTA, Fla. -- August 23, 2016 -- 11 a.m.
This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating.
For this reason, the Sarasota Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from now through September 5, 2016.
During this time, SPD will join law enforcement from around the state of Florida as well as around the country, to show zero tolerance for drunk driving. According to NHSTA, on average, more than 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk driving crashes. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend, 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers.
“Our Officers are committed to ensuring a safe Labor Day weekend for the residents and visitors to the City of Sarasota,” said Captain Kevin Stiff, Patrol Division Commander. “Drunk driving is not a victimless crime and our Officers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. It’s illegal in every state to drink and drive,” said Captain Stiff. “The safest thing to do is to only drive sober. If you plan on drinking, let someone else do the driving. Being arrested for driving drunk, or injuring someone while driving drunk, is not the way to celebrate,” said Captain Stiff.
Drivers can follow these tips to stay safe:
Plan ahead. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before heading out to ensure you get home safely.
If you’ve been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, call an Uber, call a sober friend or use Tow-To-Go (1-800-2-TOW-2-GO). In Florida, Tow to Go is offered September 2, 2016 until 6 a.m. on September 6, 2016.