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    Release Number: 16-540

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 16, 2016
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

    This holiday season, law enforcement will be stepping up patrols looking for drunk drivers.
    • Friday
    • December 16, 2016
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    The holiday season is the time of year to eat, drink and be merry, but it is also a dangerous time to be on the road due to a high number of drunk drivers behind the wheel.  That’s why The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will be out in force from December 16, 2016, through January 1, 2017, as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to help keep impaired drivers off the roads.
    • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015, and 29 percent (10,265) of those fatalities died in a crash where involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.
    • That same year, 840 people lost their lives in drunk-driving-related crashes in the month of December alone.
    • 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 ahead of time.
    • If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or AAA “Tow to Go”. Also, try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.
    • 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.
    Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
    • For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
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