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Sheriff's Office to increase traffic enforcement over Labor Day weekend

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The FCSO is taking part in the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign.
by: Brittany Kershaw Public Information Director, City of Palm Coast

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this Labor Day weekend for an enforcement, education and awareness operation to reduce drunk driving, crashes and aggressive driving.

The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," runs through Sept. 7. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased deputies on the road, aim to reduce drunk driving on the roadways.

During the 2018 Labor Day holiday, 38% of fatalities in traffic crashes involved a drunk driver, according to NHTSA. Drug-impaired driving is also a major issue on today’s roads.

The FCSO Traffic Unit will conduct traffic enforcement details, which will focus on high crash locations and speeding and aggressive driving.

The members of the Traffic Unit will also provide an increased presence on roadways experiencing high traffic flow and will be responsible for monitoring traffic patterns and providing enforcement. 

Additional patrol units dedicated to DUI enforcement will be available to assist the patrol sector units in their efforts. In addition to patrolling the beaches, the Marine Unit will provide high visibility on the intra-coastal waterway patrolling for boaters under the influence along with unsafe vessel operation. 

This Labor Day, the FCSO is reminding drivers that any form of impaired driving is illegal. Remember: If you feel different, you drive different. Drive high, get a DUI. This Labor Day, and every day, spread the lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. 

Law enforcement shows zero tolerance for driving under the influence.

“Labor Day marks the ending of summer and the beginning of a new season,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Take some time to relax and enjoy the long weekend, but make sure to plan for a sober ride home before you even leave the house. There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Also, remember to social distance to help slow the spread of COVID-19.” 

FCSO recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving: 

• Designate a sober driver or utilize a ride-share service. 

• If you see someone driving erratically, call the FCSO at 9-1-1 or 386-313-4911. 

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/drive-sober.

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