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2014

Take a Shot at Drinking and Driving, We’ll Provide the Chaser

~ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is underway ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During this holiday season, the Florida Highway Patrol joins law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign runs through January 1, 2015.

ChaserIn 2013, nearly 20 percent of all fatal crashes in Florida were alcohol related. During last year’s campaign, 421 impaired drivers were removed from the roads, preventing them from hurting themselves or others.

“It will be hard to enjoy the holiday season when you are sitting in a jail cell or worse,” said Colonel David H. Brierton, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Drunk driving affects not only you, but your family, friends and the innocent motorists you happen to come in contact with. Be responsible and designate a sober driver this holiday season.”

Protect your family, your friends and yourself by following these tips:

  • Plan ahead. If you plan on drinking while away from home, designate a sober driver. Even one drink increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
  • Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, call *FHP (*347). This call could save a life.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.  To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.