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New Years Eve DUI Detail

You Choose: Drink OR Drive
Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

Yulee, Fla. – As we prepare for festivities with family and friends, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind all drivers that it’s dangerous to drive after drinking. You have to choose your role before drinking begins: will you drink or will you drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you’re “okay to drive,” you could still be over the legal limit, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

NCSO Deputies will conduct a DUI patrol starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31st until 3 a.m. on Thursday, January 1st.

“A lot of folks think they know their own limits. They think that if they’re just a little ‘buzzed,’ then they’re still good to drive.” Said Sheriff Bill Leeper. “Time and again, drivers who may have only had a couple of drinks put themselves and others at serious risk,” Leeper added. “Driving with any alcohol in your system can be dangerous.”

In every state in the country, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. And for some people, it doesn’t take much to reach that level. “We really want all drivers to understand that you don’t have to be falling-down drunk to be too impaired to drive,” said Leeper. That’s why NCSO is working with other law enforcement agencies to spread the message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

This anti-drunk-driving campaign aims to inform all motorists about the dangers of driving after drinking—even after drinking just a little. Drunk driving has become a terrible killer on our nation’s roads. Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. This time of year is especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties. In December 2012 alone, there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. On average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involves drunk driving.

NCSO urges you to plan ahead: designate a sober driver. If you plan on drinking at all, don’t plan on driving. Don’t just assume that you’ll know whether you can safely drive or not at the end of the night.

Please remember these tips to avoid a DUI and keep our roads safe:

• Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or having a crash.
• If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
• When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
• If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member.

Remember, it is never okay to drive after drinking. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.