TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign through Sept. 3.
The Patrol will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from Florida’s roadways in an effort to save lives.
“Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes,” said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. “In an effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off the roads, FHP troopers will aggressively look for impaired drivers during the crackdown.”
FHP offers tips to help you and your family arrive at your destination safely:
- Observe and obey all speed limits. - Drive sober, and only sober. - Have a designated driver. - Buckle up.
The campaign coincides with the Labor Day holiday weekend, which begins Aug. 31 and continues through Sept. 3. All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday period. FHP Auxiliary troopers also will volunteer to augment the Patrol during the holiday travel period.
The Patrol aims to increase its presence throughout Florida in an effort to deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance. Please remember to dial *FHP (*347) from your cellphone to contact FHP to report an aggressive or impaired driver or to request roadside assistance.
Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over is a deterrence program with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness. For more information on the campaign, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
Tow to Go
AAA and Bud Light are offering the free Tow to Go service from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3.
Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 20,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume.
For Tow to Go service, call 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-286-9246.
Get a confidential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location. Service is provided in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Free and available to both AAA members and non-members. The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home
Tow to Go service is offered to discourage an intoxicated driver from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives and safety of other motorists. Not only does Tow to Go remove the intoxicated driver—it also enables AAA and Bud Light to remind the public to always choose a designated driver for a safe ride home.
Important Tow To Go Guidelines:
Tow trucks can take up to two people home; if there are more people in your party, you will need to make other arrangements to get home safely.
You can’t make an appointment to use the Tow to Go service, it is designed to be used as a last resort, so have a designated driver before you have your first drink.
If a person is too intoxicated to be safely transported in a tow truck, AAA may need to contact law enforcement to assist with getting the intoxicated individual a safe ride home.
Tow to Go is a program of the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation.