“Drive sober or get pulled over.” “If you feel different, you drive different” and “Drive High, get a DUI” are just a couple of catch phrases law enforcement officers use across the country to warn motorist about the dangers of driving impaired.
Sarasota police are taking those phrases and backing it up by beefing up patrols through Labor Day. Last weekend eight people were arrested for DUI and on average more than ten thousand people a year nationwide are killed when an impaired driver is involved.
Sadly, Sarasota Police say the Labor Day holiday is becoming one of the deadliest holidays in the United States.
“We need our community to understand: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober—Labor Day, and every day,” said Traffic Unit Officer Tim Bales, Sarasota Police Department. “Drunk driving is a huge problem in our country, and the numbers are rising, little by little. This isn’t about a ticketing campaign. This is about a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior,” Officer Bales said. “The trend for the Labor Day holiday is in a positive direction, but our goal is to have zero fatalities, always.”
On average, Bales says a DUI is going to cost you upwards of $10,000.