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Florida police are on the prowl for holiday drunk drivers

The holiday season is traditionally when law enforcement takes heavy aim at garnering DUI arrests. This year proves no different as Florida police officers ramp up their efforts to catch intoxicated drivers and slap them with serious and potentially life-affecting DUI charges.

The seasonal crackdown, dubbed "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," runs between Dec. 12, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013. Law enforcement will employ tactics such as sobriety checkpoints and heavy enforcement in attempts to catch drunk drivers.

The chief safety officers of the Florida Department of Transportation assured that drivers would not receive a warning and officers would not accept excuses. Those thought to be driving under the influence will be arrested. This leaves little to no room for error for Florida's drivers this season.

Florida drunk drivers face consequences that range from jail time and heavy fines to the loss of a driver's license. Those with more than .08 blood alcohol content are deemed a drunk driver under Florida law.

Authorities know that this is a time of year where men and women enjoy holiday festivities, and they claim their efforts are to make the roads safer.

Throughout the nation, around 30 percent of auto accident deaths involve an intoxicated driver during the month of December. In 2011 here in Florida, there were 920 vehicle crash fatalities that involved a driver who was either under the influence of alcohol, or suspected to be.

Officials at FDOT released suggestions for Florida motorists to help them navigate the roads in a safe manner. Those tips included using a designated driver, planning ahead, and not letting fellow friends and family get behind the wheel after drinking.

Source: Brevard Times, "Florida DUI Crackdown December 12th to January 1st," Dec. 11, 2012

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