A strike force has been formed, armed and ready to round up drunk drivers in Leon County. Five area agencies are on a mission this holiday season to stop drunk drivers in their tracks.
With a picture of her teenage boy in hand, Dotti Kinsey and several other mothers are sharing their story with hopes of saving lives.
“My son Danny was killed by a drunk driver June 9th, 1995,” said Dotti.
“This is my daughter Anna Pomroy. She was killed on Tram road in 1980. That's a long time ago, but the reason I'm here: it never goes away,” added Lolly Wier.
A similar emotion felt by families across Florida who have lost loved one's in alcohol related accidents. This year alone, Leon County has had 11 fatal accidents; seven of those were alcohol related.
A startling statistic Tallahassee's police chief is taking seriously.
“The message from TPD and the task force is simple- you drink and drive officers will have a ride for you straight to jail,” says Chief Walk McNeil.
Together officers from five area agencies and these mothers are standing side-by-side, creating a large patrol to saturate the streets, during the holidays and throughout the year.
The strike force says it will increase DUI checkpoints and increase its staff. In fact, the Leon County Sheriff's Office says it will hire two new deputies with recent grant money to focus on drunk drivers.
Altogether, there are five agencies involved: TPD, FSU and FAMU police, Leon County Sheriff's Office, and Florida Highway Patrol.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Source: www.whatsdrivingyou.org contributed to this report
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