EUSTIS - The holiday season is usually a time to enjoy traditions, food, family and fun, but the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is reminding residents that local law enforcement will be out beginning this week through Jan. 1, 2013, to arrest anyone caught driving while impaired.
“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County CTST. “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. If someone is caught drinking and driving impaired, they will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content .08 or higher. Violators face jail time, loss of driver license and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs and more.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide during 2010 in crashes that involved drivers that were impaired.
The Lake County CTST recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
- And remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.
“Law enforcement will be out in force to help save lives, and impaired driving will not be tolerated,” added McKane.
For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign website at www.nhtsa.gov. For information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call 352-483-9048.