The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing their participation in the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through New Year’s Eve 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is a national campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reduce deaths and injuries stemming from driving under the influence (DUI). The NHTSA estimates that drunk driving is responsible for taking the lives of more than 10,000 people each year. The NHTSA’s statistics show that there is an increase of drunk driving during the holidays:
- Last year, 10,265 people nationwide died in drunk driving collisions. 67% of the involved drivers had a blood alcohol level of .15 or more. The legal limit is .08.
- From December 24th to December 28th, 2015, 120 people died in drunk driving accidents.
- The Christmas and New Year holidays combined resulted in the deaths of 259 people nationwide who were in drunk driving accidents.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is concentrating its enforcement efforts on identifying impaired driving throughout Florida including Pinellas County. The FHP is stepping up its enforcement efforts by utilizing all uniformed FHP personnel and FHP Auxiliary troopers including those normally assigned to administrative duties. The FHP will be patrolling local interstates and other major state roads that fall within Pinellas County. The FHP hopes that their increased presence throughout Florida and Pinellas County will deter people from driving under the influence (DUI). Other local law enforcement agencies including the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Clearwater Police Department, Largo Police Department, and the St. Petersburg Police Department also increase their visibility during the holidays focusing on identifying impaired drivers.
If you were stopped and arrested during the holiday for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) you should consult with a criminal defense attorney who can explain the criminal justice process and potential consequences. Contact the Morris Law Firm at (727) 388-4736, Option 1 for New Clients, for a strategic review of your DUI or criminal case and potential defenses. The Morris Law Firm represents clients throughout the Tampa Bay Area, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pasco, and Manatee counties and is located in St. Petersburg, Florida.