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DUI Checkpoints to Ramp up During the Holidays

The special enforcement crackdown, called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, will run from Dec. 12 through Jan. 1, 2013.

Should you have too much spiked eggnog this holiday season, the Florida Department of Transportation wants to remind you to be safe and stay off Florida roads. 

Starting today and through Jan. 1, 2013, law enforcement agencies across the state are launching special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdowns to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on Florida’s roadways.

According to FDOT, enforcement efforts will include sobriety checkpoints and heavy enforcement.  

“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways” said Lora Hollingsworth, FDOT Chief Safety Officer in a news release.  “That’s why our law enforcement partners will be stepping up efforts to catch and arrest impaired drivers.  If you are caught drinking and driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

During 2011 there were 920 alcohol related/suspected fatalities in Florida resulting from motor vehicle traffic crashes, according to data from FDOT. The holiday season is a particularly dangerous time. Nationally, in December, approximately 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involve alcohol-impaired drivers.

“We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, but we also want our roadways to be safe,” said Colonel Brierton, Florida Highway Patrol in a news release. “We will be out in force to help save lives, and we are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’ We will be watching.”

It is illegal in Florida to drive with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or higher. 

Timber December 13, 2012 at 06:00 AM
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810999.pdf "These ESTIMATES are based on data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Unfortunately, known blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results are NOT AVAILABLE for all drivers and nonoccupants involved in fatal crashes. MISSING DATA can result for a number of reasons, the most frequent of which is that people are not always tested for alcohol. To address the missing data issue, NHTSA has developed and employs a statistical model to ESTIMATE the likelihood that a fatal-crash-involved driver or nonoccupant was sober, had some alcohol, or was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The statistical model was developed using all available known data in the aggregate (that is, at the national level) and applied to each individual driver and nonoccupant with an UNKNOWN BAC TEST RESULT. The estimates presented include a mix of both known and estimated BACs." ================================================ My comments: these guesses and estimates from their statistical model are being used as facts, but in reality these are nothing more than LIES substituting as facts. The part stated as, UNKNOWN BAC TEST RESULT, are nothing more then conjecture because those that were NOT tested could never be viewed as a BAC TEST RESULT ever. An omission is a nullity. Basically a portion of the resulting 'test results' are bullshit fabricated LIES MASQUERADING AS THE TRUTH.

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