It is that time of year again – we have a three day holiday approaching and multiple law enforcement agencies are beginning to conduct DUI patrols in St. Johns County as part of an initiative to keep the streets and highways safer as the long Labor Day weekend approaches. The agencies, including the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, St. Augustine Police Department and St. Augustine Beach Police Department will be out in a joint effort to remove impaired drivers from the road.
The Florida Highway Patrol will also be participating in the national campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which began Friday and runs through the Labor Day holiday weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people die in drunken driving crashes every year. “DUI checkpoints are very important because more people die in traffic crashes than all crimes combined,” said News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith. That’s one of the reasons why law enforcement officers will be on the hunt for drivers who are impaired or have been drinking.
Just because the saturation patrol is happening now, Smith said, drivers should know that police are looking for impaired drivers every single day.
“This is actually something they do monthly, not just now. DUI checkpoints are something they set up just about every month. And it’s really important to keep the accidents down and to make sure people are not drinking and driving,” Smith said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 83 percent of drunken driving crashes happened between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. over the 2014 Labor Day holiday.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident as a result of drunk driver, contact us at Edwards & Ragatz for a free consultation at (904)399-1609 or (866)366-1609 or email us us firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more tips for driving safely on Labor Day weekend, click here. http://www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/index.html