The nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is in
full force this holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Association (NHTSA), each year over 10,000 people die because of
an alcohol-related accident. In an effort to stop the deadly epidemic,
law enforcement officials in every state in the majority of U.S. towns
and cities is cracking down on drunk driving from December 13 through
New Year's Day. The NHTSA says, "They'll see you before you
"Every 54 minutes during the holiday season drunk driving claims a
life," said Anthony Fox, a U.S. Transportation Secretary.
CBS Miami reported that researchers say that highly publicized and frequent
sobriety checkpoints are a big deterrent which reduces alcohol-related
crashes and fatalities by 20 percent.
Florida officials have also unveiled stiffer guidelines for ignition interlock
devices, which are breath devices that prevent a vehicle from starting
if the driver's blood alcohol concentration is too high.
"Previous research of convicted drunk drivers show that those with
interlocks installed are 75 percent less likely to repeat than those who
do not," said David Strickland, a National Highway Traffic Safety
One of the recommendations includes requiring interlocks for all drivers
convicted of DUI, even for first time offenders, and another recommendation
suggests establishing a minimum amount of time for which offenders must
use the ignition interlock device.
Jan Withers, the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving said
that what they know is that the first time a person gets caught (driving
drunk) isn't the first time they've driven drunk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports the following facts:
- In 2010, men were responsible for 4 out of 5 episodes of drunk driving.
- In the month of December, an average of 27 people a day die as a result
of drunk driving.
- In 2012, 3 out of 4 people arrested for drunk driving were male.
- The U.S. has more drunk drivers than most countries have people.
- Nearly 2 out of 3 fatal crashes occurred between the hours of 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.
The drunk driving crackdown will be taking place in Florida and across
the nation through January 1st.
If you were arrested for drunk driving,
contact a Miami DUI attorney from Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law. With over 45 years of collective
experience, the firm's attorneys have defended thousands of individuals against
DUI charges in the Miami-Dade Courthouse.