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Increased enforcement aimed at reducing drunk driving accidents in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm

Through the Labor Day weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol announced this week it will again participate in the national traffic-safety enforcement program “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” The program aims to target drunk drivers and hopefully save lives by diminishing the number of South Florida drunk driving accidents.

The Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers at Freeman & Mallard aggressively represent victims of DUI accidents. We understand how distressing, disruptive and catastrophic being involved in an alcohol-related car crash can be and will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law.

In 2008, 875 motorists were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Florida with Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach ranking as the top three deadliest counties, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. The NHTSA found that nearly 700 motorists were killed in crashes in these counties, with 174 fatal crashes specifically alcohol-related.

Historically, Labor Day ranks as one of the Top 10 deadliest days for drivers and September ranks in the Top 5 deadliest months, according to the American Safety Council.

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but also the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said FHP Director, Colonel John Czernis. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses. Do not take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you can expect to be under arrest.”

The patrol will also participate in the nationwide Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) over the four-day holiday weekend starting Sept. 3. The goal of this program is to deter unsafe drivers, enforce safe traffic conditions and more quickly assist motorists in need.

Operation C.A.R.E. is a coordinated effort involving all 50 state police and highway patrol units and will include all uniformed personnel and officers who are otherwise normally assigned to administrative duties. An additional influx of volunteer troopers from both auxiliary and reserve teams will supplement the workforce.

While celebration with friends and family is encouraged during this last summer holiday, the FHP in presence and enforcement practices plans to aggressively monitor and cite or remove from all State roadways distracted, otherwise impaired and drunk drivers.

Don’t allow the destruction caused by a drunk driver to turn your life upside down. The Florida drunk driving accident attorneys at Freeman & Mallard have been successfully and aggressively representing victims and families in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Ft. Pierce / Port St. Lucie for many years.

Our research, dedication and perseverance for justice on your behalf can be your best ally in the fight for your legal rights. Call us today to schedule a no-obligation appointment to discuss your case at 1-800-529-2368

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