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“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over ”
The Ocala Police Department Launches Intensive Crackdown on Impaired Driving
Police Vow to Arrest Everyone Found Driving Over the Limit
The Ocala Police Department Launches Intensive Crackdown on Impaired Driving
Police Vow to Arrest Everyone Found Driving Over the Limit

The Ocala Police Department today announced it will join agencies throughout Florida along with nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive mobilization targeting impaired driving August 19–September 5, known as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown.”

The problem of impaired driving is a serious one. In Florida alone, more than 1,000 people died in 2009 in alcohol-related traffic crashes. Although that it is a 14% reduction from 2008 numbers, it still shows that more than 39% of Florida’s traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. That’s an unacceptably high number.

On a national level, in 2009, there were 10,839 people who died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group. Sergeant Michael Sommer said,“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired crashes occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.

In Florida , it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. According to the latest data, nearly a third of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC above the legal limit – an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.

The Ocala Police Department joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, and law enforcement officers in every state in conducting the crackdown. The campaign which will feature high-visibility enforcement supported by $14 million in paid national advertising to help put motorists on notice that if they are caught DUI, they will be arrested.

In Ocala, Officers will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving under the influence— regardless of age, vehicle type or time of day.
“Our message is simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you said Sergeant Michael Sommer, Ocala Police Department Traffic Supervisor and Florida DOT Grant Coordinator for the DUI Suppression Program.

For more information, visit [Agency Website]
or www.fpca.com/NHTSACampaigns.htm


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