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Published on August 14th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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DUI Enforcement Operation Kicks off on Friday

 

Drive sober or get pulled over: It’s that simple.

 

Beginning Friday, motors deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of a national campaign. “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement. Planned to coincide with next month’s Labor Day holiday, the enforcement campaign will run through September 3.

 

“Drunk driving is among the deadliest and most devastating crimes of all,” said Sergeant Jim Whittet, supervisor of the Sheriff’s Office’s countywide motors unit. “But it’s also one of the most preventable. Residents need to make good, responsible choices and use a designated driver if they plan to drink. To do otherwise is endangering themselves and everyone else on the roadways.”

 

During the upcoming enforcement campaign, participating deputies will be assigned to saturation patrols with a primary emphasis on enforcing Florida’s impaired driving laws. Deputies will use both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles. Impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver’s license as well as financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs and lost time at work.

According to national crash data, there’s a drunk driving death on the average every 53 minutes in the United States – or nearly 10,000 every year. The FBI reports that in 2010, there were more than 1.4 million DUI arrests in the country. In addition to the human toll, alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes are estimated to cost more than $37 billion annually.

 

“These are shameful statistics that must be reduced,” said Sergeant Whittet. “Strict enforcement saves lives, and our deputies will be out in force along with officers from other agencies doing just that. If you drink and drive, you can expect to get caught.”

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