During this upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, Friday, August 30th through Monday, September 2nd, 2013, PCSO Traffic deputies will be participating in a traffic safety initiative, focusing on speed enforcement, DUIs, seatbelt violations, and distracted driving.
Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer and back to school for many Florida residents and visitors. Unfortunately, the rate of auto accidents involving drunk drivers goes up over any long holiday weekend, particularly one like Labor Day that involves parties and alcohol consumption.
AAA Motor Club is projecting that 34.1 million Americans will travel over this Labor Day weekend. The number of Americans using the holiday for a getaway at least 50 miles from home represents a 4.2% increase over the 32.7 million who traveled during the Labor Day weekend in 2012. In 2011 Florida had 716 drunken driving related deaths, which represents 30% off the total number of traffic fatalities in the state (www.aaa.com).
Sheriff Grady Judd recommends all people driving in Polk County over Labor Day weekend take these precautions:
1. Buckle up.
2. Observe and obey all speed limits.
3. Drive sober, and only sober.
4. Have a designated driver or contact a local sober ride program such as AAA Tow To Go.
5. Remember and observe the Move Over Law.
Let's all have a safe holiday weekend!