Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol
For Release December 14, 2000
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Highway Patrol will join with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and other state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide in a pre-holiday safety campaign that encourages motorists to be safe and sober drivers.
The international effort, which involves United States law enforcement, will focus on the most frequent causes of fatalities during the holiday season--driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, excessive speed and failure to use occupant restraints. "We are encouraging motorists to buckle up, obey speed limits, and to refrain from drinking and driving," said Colonel Charles C. Hall, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "We have found that restraining young children in child safety seats, in the rear seat, and taking time to make sure other occupants in the vehicle are buckled up, are the most positive actions people can take to reduce the risk of death or serious injury in traffic crashes," added Hall.
"We are joining in this unified, nationwide effort because it focuses on driving behaviors that kill thousands of people every year across our nation--they are not solely Florida's problems," Colonel Hall stressed. In 1999, twenty-nine people lost their lives on Florida's roadways during National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend.
The effort, dubbed the "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend, 2000", will run morning through night on three consecutive days - beginning Friday, December 15th through midnight, Sunday, December 17th. State police/highway patrol agencies across the country have been asked to make this a maximum enforcement period, meaning that all available officers will be on the road during the weekend. This year, law enforcement agencies are joining with other members of the traffic safety community in "Lights on for Life," on Friday, December 15th. On this day, drivers are being asked to turn on their headlights in memory of those who have lost their lives to impaired drivers and as a reminder for others not to drink and drive.