FHP: 39,000 arrested, 58 die during holiday driving season

Enforcement Results
Posted at 1:26 PM, Jan 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-10 08:45:59-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Highway Patrol is releasing preliminary enforcement results from its Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign.

During the campaign, which spanned from December 12- January 2,  troopers issued more than 39,000 traffic citations and made 548 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and drugs. They cited more than 13,600 drivers for speeding and more than 2,500 for failure to buckle up during the campaign.

Law enforcement agencies across the state reported a total of 58 people died in traffic crashes during the campaign period.

During the holiday season, the Patrol beefed up its force by having troopers postpone administrative duties to perform road road patrols. They also added reservists and auxiliary troopers to patrol duty.

“Our troopers were out on the roadways to help Florida residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable holiday period,” said Brierton.  “Every year the members of the Patrol do their part to identify unsafe drivers and remove them from the roadways, as well as take the appropriate steps to deter unsafe driving behaviors.”

In addition to releasing the numbers, FHP is reminding drivers that it is the law to Move Over when approaching any authorized emergency vehicle or wrecker displaying rotating or flashing lights stopped on the side of a roadway.

If you want to report an agressive driver, or if you need roadside assistance, *FHP (*347) dialed from your cell phone contacts the Patrol.