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Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team supports drunk-driving enforcement crackdown during the holidays

RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2008

EUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team and local law enforcement are supporting this holiday season a drunk-driving enforcement crackdown titled, “Drunk Driving — Over the Limit — Under Arrest.”

“Law enforcement will be out making sure drunk drivers are off the road,” said Noble Olasimbo, Chairman of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team. “If they catch you, you will be arrested: No exceptions, no excuses.”

The intensified enforcement effort against drunk drivers underscores the severity of the problem both locally and across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in December 2007, 992 people were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver or motorcyclist with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is above the legal limit. In 2007, 12,998 fatalities occurred in crashes involving a driver or motorcyclist who had a .08 or above BAC compared with 13,491 in 2006.

“Even though we’ve seen nationwide reductions in drunk-driving deaths since 2007, our work is far from over,” Olasimbo said. “Too many people continue to suffer tragic injuries and the loss of a loved one as a result of this serious crime.”

The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team and local law enforcement recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include:

• Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;

• If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely;

• Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement; and

• Wearing a seatbelt or using protective gear on a motorcycle is the best defense against an impaired driver.

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk,” Olasimbo said. “It is deadly serious and against the law. Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers and towing fees instead of buying holiday presents for loved ones. That’s not a great way to end the year.”

For more information about drunk-driving prevention and safety tips, log on to www.stopimpaireddriving.com. For more information about the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call Noble Olasimbo at (352) 483-9092 or e-mail nolasimbo@lakecountyfl.gov.


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