ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The Atlantic Beach Police Department is launching a new campaign to crack down on DUI arrests this holiday season. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign will run from December 12, 2012, through January 1, 2013. As part of the campaign, drivers will see more officers on the roads. Those officers will be focusing on impaired drivers.
Police say the goal is to to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on our roadways. The City of Atlantic Beach says they want everyone to enjoy themselves, the holiday festivities, and to be safe on our roadways.
They are suggesting drivers take the following steps to stay safe:
1. Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.
2. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
3. Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
During 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver.