Colonel Knight speaks at news conference.
Colonel Chris Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, recently spoke at a news conference that was held in Tallahassee to announce the start of the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Labor Day enforcement crackdown, which began Friday, August 18, and concludes Monday, September 4, 2006.
According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 1,239 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during 2005. This was a 13.4% increase over 2004. It was the most people killed in alcohol-related crashes since 1990 when 1,365 alcohol-related fatalities were recorded in Florida.
In an effort to curb this alarming trend, Colonel Knight stated that Florida troopers will be intensifying their efforts to apprehend impaired drivers by conducting DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the state.