(December 15, 2015)-  If you’re enjoying the holidays with a drink, the Cape Coral Police Department has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers from December 16 to January 1. They have good reason to: in 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver. In December 2013 alone there were 733 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. 23 of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. Just here in Cape Coral, 8 out of 13 fatalities this year have been directly attributed to impaired driving.

“Impaired driving is a choice you make, and when you make that choice, people get hurt or die. That’s why we’re joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.” Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, Cape Coral Police will be increasing the number of saturation patrols, and using social media to reach out to all drivers.

"If you’re drinking and driving, we will stop you. If you’re caught driving impaired you will face jail time, fines, loss of driver’s license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling more than $10,000 on average, and that is the best-case scenario.  Worst-case...you hurt or kill yourself or someone else."- Sgt. Patrick O'Grady, Cape Coral Police Department Traffic Unit.

In addition to reminding all drivers to drive sober, the Cape Coral Police Department is calling on everyone to be alert. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police right away at (239) 574-3223 or 9-1-1. If someone you know is about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them get home safely.  

Cape Coral drivers, please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy: 

  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash. 
  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins. 
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, Uber, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

Remember, driving after drinking should never be an option. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341