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Florida Highway Patrol steps up DUI enforcement ahead of Labor Day weekend

As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign, earlier this week, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) began concentrating enforcement efforts on impaired driving through the Labor Day holiday. The highway patrol joins law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from roadways and save lives.

Col. Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, said driving drunk or drugged puts drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk, and each year it claims the lives of “too many” people. He urges Floridians to use a designated driver if under the influence of alcohol or any substance. There’s no excuse not to, he adds.

To “arrive alive,” FHP urges citizens to:
• Drive sober; never drive impaired.
• Buckle up every time.
• If you do drink, plan ahead. Designate a sober driver or use a ride service.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, call *FHP (*347). This could save a life.

To help ensure your safety, the Florida Highway Patrol will be out in force on the highways to aid motorists and remove drivers from the road. Auxiliary troopers will also volunteer to augment the the effort during the holiday period. The FHP’s increased presence throughout Florida helps to deter traffic violations and enhance services to motorists who need assistance while traveling. Motorists should call *FHP (*347) if they see an impaired or aggressive driver, or to request roadside assistance.

Special to The Herald