FHP arrests 474 drunken drivers over the holidays

Published: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 10:10 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol removed 474 drunken drivers from state roads — including two in Alachua County — during the recent holidays, according to statistics released Friday.


Florida Highway Patrol holiday enforcement efforts

Statewide (Dec. 16 – Jan. 3)
Total Citations: 40,667
Fatalities: 56
DUI Arrests: 474
Speeding Citations: 13,705
Safety Belt Citations: 3,848
Motorist Assists: 13,260

Alachua County (Dec. 16 - Jan. 1)
DUI Arrests: 2
Safety Belt Citations: 72
Felony Arrest 10
Suspended Licenses 19
Uninsured Motorist Citations 32
Speeding Citations 203
Drug Arrest 9
Other Citations (Misc Arrest) 119

Source: Florida Highway Patrol

Troopers also responded to traffic accidents that resulted in 56 deaths over the holidays.

The crackdown on drunken driving was part of a nationwide safe-driving campaign known as “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”

The 19-day campaign began Dec. 16, according to Col. John Czernis, the FHP director.

In a news release about the campaign, Czernis said his agency “beefed up its force by having troopers postpone administrative duties in favor of road patrols and adding reservists and auxiliary troopers to patrol duty.”

In addition to finding and arresting drunken drivers, troopers issued more than 13,700 speeding citations.

In Alachua County, speeding led the list of citations with 203.

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