Florida Highway Patrol Launches Holiday DUI Enforcement Campaign
The Florida Highway Patrol has officially launched its statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. As part of a nationwide crackdown on impaired driving, FHP will be increasing its focus on pulling over and arresting impaired and intoxicated drivers from now through the New Year.
According to the FHP’s announcement, all uniformed authorities will be patrolling interstates and other major roads. This includes employees who are usually assigned to administrative roles, and help from auxiliary troopers who volunteer during the holiday season.
Local agencies across the state, including authorities in Broward County, will also be cracking down on DUIs. Their efforts will include more officers on patrol, particularly in areas and at times when alcohol-related incidents frequently occur. Officers will also be on high alert for distracted and aggressive drivers.
The holiday season is a time for celebration, but statistics have shown that these celebrations can come at a price. Between December 16, 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015, nearly 300 alcohol-related crashes occurred in Florida, and 20 people died as a result. These statistics are what prompt authorities to go the extra mile in enforcing DUI laws during the holiday season.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our criminal defense attorneys have represented many drivers who were arrested for driving under the influence during periods of increased enforcement. While we understand that mistakes happen, we also know that law enforcement officers can be overzealous when pulling over drivers and making arrests.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, our team is available 24/7 to help. Our lawyers are former Florida prosecutors who know how officers should conduct themselves during DUI stops, and what prosecutors need in order to gain convictions. By contacting out team as soon as possible after an arrest, you can gain immediate help for both your criminal case and proceedings involving your driver’s license.
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