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Authorities crack down on impaired drivers to reduce South Florida car accidents this Halloween

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is announcing a drunk driving crackdown that runs through the Halloween weekend.

As our West Palm Beach accident attorneys reported recently on our South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, pedestrian accidents, fall accidents and dog-bite injuries are also a common Halloween danger. But the primary focus of the Florida Highway Patrol will be taking drunks off the road.

The “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” campaign runs Oct. 25-31.

“There is not a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who has made the poor decision to get behind the wheel,” said FHP Director, Colonel John Czernis. “Whether you’ve had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Our troopers will be vigilant in their efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roadways.”

The state reports that 1,004 of the 2,563 fatal crashes last year were alcohol related, giving Florida one of the highest rates of drunk driving crashes in the nation.

The Patrol offers the following safety tips for a safe Halloween on the roads:

-Plan a way home in advance.

-Designate a sober driver.

-If impaired, use a taxi, call someone for a ride, or use public transportation.

-Call 8FHP (*347) to report a drunk driver on the road.

Freeman & Mallard is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.

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