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Buzzed driving campaign revs up for the holiday season

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Florida conducts between 15 and 20 DUI checkpoints each month.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Almost everyone remembers the "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk" campaign, which inspired over 62 percent of Americans to intervene with their friends' drinking and driving, preventing them from getting arrested and possibly saving thousands of lives. The massive success of that campaign, however, wasn't enough to stop the increase of drunk driving deaths, which has been rising steadily since the late 1990s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council have a newer campaign entitled "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving," which aims to prevent people from getting behind the wheel even after one or two drinks.

According to the New York Daily News, drinking any amount of alcohol can result in impaired judgment, delayed reaction times, and impaired vision and muscle coordination, prompting the National Transportation Safety Board to recommend that state blood alcohol content laws be changed from 0.08 to 0.05 percent. If Florida follows this recommendation, more people who have one or two drinks at holiday parties can be arrested for drunk driving, regardless if their moderate drinking really has affected their driving.

Regular DUI checkpoints in Florida

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, Florida law allows jurisdictions to conduct between 15 and 20 DUI checkpoints each month. Since the holiday season is known to be a time when many people are arrested for drunk driving, drivers may expect to encounter checkpoints at some point within the next few weeks. Because there are often more parties and get-togethers during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's, and more people will be on the roads traveling and getting their holiday shopping done, law enforcement will be extra vigilant to catch those who seem like they're driving impaired.

Regardless of the current laws, there are a variety of precautions people can take that can prevent being arrested for drunk driving, according to Psych Central. These include:
- Providing non-alcoholic beverage options at parties and get-togethers.
- Saying no when friends suggest drinking more.
- Designating a sober driver in advance.
- Setting a drink limit ahead of time.

According to The Century Council, 716 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2011 in our state, and 43,784 people were arrested on DUI charges. Strict penalties exist to protect people from being hurt, but people can prevent more arrests and accidents by making smart choices this holiday season.

Contacting an attorney

Everyone is entitled to fair representation in court, no matter how severe the charges. If you've been arrested on alcohol-related charges, contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to discuss your options.

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