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There Are No Festivities in Jail
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, be reminded that Lakeland Police will be out this holiday season from December 13, 2013, to January 1, 2014, to arrest anyone caught driving drunk behind the wheel.

The message is simple, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan for a designated driver.

Millions of drivers on America’s highways still think they are invincible, and they choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on our roads. Don’t let your 2013 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.

In December, an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. That means approximately 775 people aren’t making it home for the holidays. In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. And, almost 1 out of every 4 cars in fatal crashes during December had a drunk driver. That’s 1 in 4 crashes that were avoidable!

Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe holiday season:

•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
•  Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
•  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement; and
•  Remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.


A Halloween costume will not disguise your drunk or drug impaired driving.  Officers will increase their patrols to specifically look for drunk drivers on our roadways. The stepped up enforcement runs Friday, October 25, 2013 through Friday, November 1, 2013.

Halloween night is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 48 percent of highway deaths nationwide on Halloween night in 2010 involved a drunk driver.

The Lakeland Police Department recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween celebration:

•  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
•  Before drinking, designate a sober, ‘non drinking’ driver.
•  If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
•  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to report drunk drivers, Call 911.
•  And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.