Drive Merry, Bright, and Sober This Holiday Season:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Details: This holiday season, the Tampa Police Department is partnering with the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving. From December 18, 2020 through January 1, 2021, Tampa Police will participate in the high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. As always, law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. There will also be increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, with the goal to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.
Sadly, statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,511 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2018. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2014 to 2018 — one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 50 minutes in 2018.
In December 2019, there were 91 DUI arrests in Tampa, 22 of those resulted in crashes with injuries and two were fatalities. In 2019, between Christmas Eve and New Year’s morning alone, there were 28 DUI arrests in the City of Tampa. This is why the Tampa Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The Tampa Police Department and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. “At this point, it should not have to be said, but drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Chief Brian Dugan. “Part of enjoying a night out is to plan a sober ride home before you head out. Whether you have a designated driver, a taxi, or a ride-share, we will make zero exceptions and arrest all drunk drivers. There are no valid excuses”.
For more information about the 2020 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.