Sarasota Police Remind Drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- December 13, 2017 -- 9 a.m.

This holiday season, the Sarasota Police Department will be working around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers.  From December 13-31, 2017, Sarasota Police Officers are partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving.

“Drivers will see increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Traffic Unit.  “It’s vital that we keep our roads and travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day.  Unfortunately during the holiday season, we see an uptick in drunk driving.  We’ll be arresting anyone who breaks this life-saving law, said Sgt. King. “This should be a time of happy merrymaking, a time for friends and families to come together for endless laughs, good food, and happy memories.”

Drunk driving can have deadly consequences.  In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in vehicle traffic crashes and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.  Drunk driving offenders serve jail time, lose their license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses.

The Sarasota Police Department recommends following these tips to stay safe on the road:

●     It is never okay to drive drunk.  Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.   In Florida, AAA Tow-To-Go will be available December 22, 2017 until January 2, 2018.

●     If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact 911.

●     Have a friend who is about to drink and drive?  Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive.  The Sarasota Police Department will be looking for drunk drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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