The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office told Historic City News reporters that they will be conducting a stepped up campaign this weekend to identify impaired drivers.
“The weekend marks the end of Bike Week. We want all of our residents and visitors to enjoy the festivities, but more importantly, we want them to return safely to their homes,’ said Sheriff Donald W. Fleming.
The Sheriff’s Office will also be participating in a statewide campaign of DUI enforcement sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation. The campaign is underway in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day holiday which is Thursday, March 17.
The state program, “Designate a Sober Driver this St. Patrick’s Day”, supports a national impaired driver’s campaign tagged “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”
For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family. Drive responsibly and be alert to increased motorcycle traffic on the roadways.
In 2009, 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes on St. Patrick’s Day had a blood alcohol content of .08 or above, according to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“If you plan on celebrating this holiday with alcohol, designate a driver before the party begins,” said Sheriff Fleming.
If you see an impaired driver on Flagler County roadways, contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 313-4911 or call 911.
Photo credits: © 2011 Historic City News staff photographer