The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign beginning tomorrow through Labor Day.
The Patrol will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation on Aug. 19 - Sept. 5 to reduce the number of impaired drivers on Florida’s roadways in an effort to save lives.
“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but also the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses. Do not take the chance. Our troopers will pull you over if you do not drive sober.”
The campaign encompasses the Labor Day holiday weekend, which begins Sept. 2. The holiday caps off the summer season for many, and historically travel increases with people driving to celebrate with friends and family.
All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday period. FHP Auxiliary troopers also will volunteer to augment the Patrol this weekend. The Patrol aims to increase its presence throughout Florida in an effort to deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance. Please remember to dial *FHP (*347) from your cell phone.