Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

Millions of people are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend. And they'll be joined by hundreds of Florida Highway Patrolmen. As troopers will be out in full force over the next few weeks as part of FHP's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Pulling over anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher.

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is part of a national effort to cut down on drunk driving. It runs from December sixteenth through January second each year.

As part of last year's campaign, FHP cited over forty thousand drivers and made nearly five hundred D.U.I arrests statewide.

And according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, Florida has seen one of largest drops in drunk driving fatalities in recent years.

Last year, the N.H.T.S.A reported 660 drunk driving fatalities in the state. That's down from 777 drunk driving fatalities in 2009.

It's a trend FHP hopes continues as it works to make the roads safer for you and your family this holiday season.

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  • by Concerned Location: Wakulla on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    I am all for this. I strongly support law enforcement in any effort to keep drunk drivers off our roads. Drinking and Driving takes lives. I think the laws should give the highest penalty for anyone who causes a DUI related crash. There is already enough distractions on the road like texting and talking without some nut getting behind the wheel 3 sheets to the wind. GO FHP! Keep up the great work!
  • by I do not consent on Dec 26, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Cops are legally allowed to lie when they're investigating, and they are trained to be manipulative. The only thing you should say to cops, other than identifying yourself, are the Magic Words: "I am going to remain silent. I want to see a lawyer." Here are some lies they may tell you: "You're not a suspect -- just help us understand what happened here and then you can go." "If you don't answer my questions, I'll have no choice but to arrest you. Do you want to go to jail?" "If you don't answer my questions, I'm going to charge you with resisting arrest." "All of your friends have cooperated, and we let them go home. You're the only one left." Cops are sneaky, and there are lots of ways they can trick you into talking. Here are some scams they may pull: Good Cop/ Bad Cop: Bad cop is aggressive and menacing, while good cop is nice, friendly, and familiar (usually good cop is the same race and gender as you). The idea is bad cop scares you so badly you are desperately looking for a friend. Good cop is that friend. Prisoners' Dilemma: The cops will tell you that your friends ratted on you so that you will snitch on them. Meanwhile, they tell your friends the same thing. If anyone breaks and talks, you all go down. The cops will tell you that they have all the evidence they need to convict you, but that if you "take responsibility" and confess, the judge will be impressed by your honesty and go easy on you. What they really mean is: "We don't have enough evidence yet, please confess." I Do Not Consent/
  • by I do not consent on Dec 26, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    I urge you to go to youtube and look up the video "Busted: I citizens guide to surviving a police encounter. Then when you have the time follow up with some of the Flex Your Rights videos. Then share those links with your friends and family. Well worth the time to educate yourself on the proper legal way to deal with the police. Flexing your rights only make them stronger. Whenever the cops ask you anything besides your name and address, it's legally safest to say these Magic Words:"I am going to remain silent. I want to see a lawyer." This invokes legal rights, which protect you from interrogation. When you say this, the cops (and all other law enforcement officials) are legally required to stop asking you questions. They probably won't stop, so just repeat the Magic Words or remain silent until they catch on. It doesnt make you a bad person to tell the cops this, some even understand it and appreciate other citizens catching on to this idea of freedom and liberty.
  • by Lena on Dec 26, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Yeah, it's a little strange what goes on around here. I have an absolutely clean record. And when I was low on gas one day recently, I was doing about 5 miles under the speed limit, I got pulled over because going under the speed limit was deemed "suspicious." Yet, I've seen people do 15 miles OVER the speed limit, actually drive on the sidewalk and down the wrong side of the road just to get ahead of traffic congestion and THESE people never seem to get stopped. Why aren't the police ticketing people who cause the accidents we see every G**da*n day?
  • by Natty Bumppo Location: Tally on Dec 26, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    Tallahassee is way ahead of the curve. Here, they will pull you over and charge you with a DUI whether you are impaired or not. Better for the local government economy. ***** Of course if you are a member of the local government-industrial complex, all will be forgiven.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    Besides the alcohol pickled drivers law enforcement also need to pull over the drivers who are holding cellphones to their ear and those who are looking down at a 2 inch screen texting instead of watching the road.
  • by Grace Location: Tallahassee on Dec 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    Meanwhile in Tallahassee you can have a blood alcohol level of 2.4, yes, THREE times the legal limit, slam into a car and kill someone, and do NO jail time. Unbelievable. Extra grief for Brooks Rogers family....
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    How are they going to achieve their stated goal of "Pulling over anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration level of point zero eight or higher."? They don't run sobriety tests on people until afterr thay are pulled over, and unless they pull everyone over and test them, they really will nwver get evryone will they?
  • by Think about it. on Dec 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    660 drunk driving fatalities. I guess this makes everyone on the road a suspect? out of 11 million drivers? The murders last year were over 900, over 5,000 forcibles rapes. I guess they should consider 1 out of every 160 thousand drivers might cause a death So lets start pulling people over. 500 DUI arrest out of how many innocent drivers pulled over? The road pirates still "cited" 40 thousand, that means big bucks for the state coffers. I urge the police and HWY Patrol to, do the right thing for the people, for your neighbors and families, for your fellow Americans, not honor some oath to a state but to The Constitution.. Do good and dont steal from the people with unnecessary fines and citations, you have options. Dont force the people you protect into a corrupt system of fines and fees and liens and taxes. You know it's a corrupt system and you still force people at gun point and threat of imprisonment, over a statute or ordinance that isnt a law?
  • by Abel on Dec 25, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Millions against hundreds!Those troopers have a tough job!Thank You Lord for All our Law Enforcement Officers!I Pray for their safety & the safety of the people traveling!Please Bless them all!In Jesus name I Pray!Mery Christmas to All!
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