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This holiday season, law enforcement will be stepping up patrols looking for drunk drivers.
This is the time of year to eat, drink and be merry. This year, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office hopes if its too Merry, driver's won't get behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, not everyone heeds that call making this time of year one most dangerous times to be on the road. That's why HCSO will be out in force from Tonight through January 1, 2017 as part of an effort to curb drinking and driving and making sure everyone gets home safe.
* According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 51 minutes.
* The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.
* In 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
* From 2011-2015, twenty-eight percent (3,983) of all people who lost their lives in a traffic crash during the month of December died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
* This holiday season, law enforcement will be stepping up patrols looking for drunk drivers. Don't put yourself, your passengers and others at risk this holiday season by driving after drinking.
* Drunk driving is never worth the risk. Hand the keys to a sober driver or face the consequences. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The Consequences of Driving Drunk Are Deadly Serious.
* Driving while impaired is a crime that seriously risks your safety and the safety of those around you. If you drive while impaired, you could get arrested, or worse be involved in a traffic crash that causes serious injury or death.
* In many jurisdictions, refusing to take a breath test has tough consequences, such as the immediate loss of your driver's license and the impoundment of your vehicle. If you think you might not pass a breath test, you shouldn't be behind the wheel.
* The legal and financial costs of a DUI can be significant. If you are arrested for a DUI, you face jail time, losing your license, and expenses including higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. There's also the embarrassment and consequences of telling your family, friends and employers of your arrest.
* Driving impaired is never worth the risk to yourself, your passengers, or others on the roadways.
Be Responsible: Never Drink & Drive.
* Driving while impaired increases your risk of causing a fatal traffic crash.
* If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the holiday party. Designate a sober driver, ride share or taxi company ahead of time. Have a plan.
* If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, use Uber or Lyft, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or AAA "Tow to Go".
* If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a sober ride.
* If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone's life.