Law Enforcement Warns Of Impaired Drivers

The night before Thanksgiving is usually a homecoming for friends and family.

Law enforcement officials want to make sure if people celebrate at a bar they do so safely.

Mike Hochstein is a day manager at the 5th Avenue Tap Room in Tallahassee. bars across the country fill up on the eve of Turkey Day. Hochstein says his bar alone will double or triple business on Wednesday night.

"People don't have to get up and work the next day so we usually increase our staff have some live entertainment," said Hochstein.

Although the day before Thanksgiving is a popular time to go have a drink it can also be a very deadly weekend when it comes to DUI crashes.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says in 2010 15 people died over the four day weekend in DUI related accidents in Florida. 16 died in 2009 and 24 in 2008.

Kristen Allen works for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) She says the simple solution is designating a driver.

"We're seeing people not have any intentions of drinking and driving before they go to this gathering or party but that's where they find themselves because they didn't plan ahead," said Allen.

With the long weekend approaching, law enforcement officials are paying closer attention with the added drivers.

"We tend to saturate the areas of the bars and the main thoroughfares through our city," said FSUPD Officer Jeremy Izquierdo. "Therefore people see us and even seeing us is a deterrent itself."

AAA is offering to tow vehicles tonight in order to keep drunk drivers off the road so feel free to give them a call.


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