TAVARES —To help save lives this holiday season, local law enforcement, supported by the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), is launching the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers on Lake County roads.
Law enforcement will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and more. The special crackdown will run through Jan. 1, 2016.
“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue,” said Noble Olasimbo, chairman of the CTST. “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is often the case.”
During 2012, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver. It’s illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Violators face jail time, loss of driver’s license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.
Law enforcement in Lake County recommends these simples tips for a safe holiday season on the road:
• If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
• If you are impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement.
• “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to travel safely.
To learn more about the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober. For more information on Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call 352-253-9092.