Sheriff Knight Encourages Sober Driving for Labor Day Weekend

NEWS RELEASE 17-195 - AUGUST 24, 2017

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Labor Day weekend in an effort to end drunk driving.

Labor Day is fast approaching, marking the end of the summer with picnics, cookouts, and time with loved ones during the long weekend. However, the holiday brings with it one of the deadliest times of year for drunk-driving related fatal crashes. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is determined to stop impaired drivers with a high-visibility and highly active national enforcement campaign running from August 18 through September 4, 2017. Deputies will enforce this initiative with zero tolerance in an effort to significantly reduce drunk-driving both locally and nationwide.

“We will make no exceptions when it comes to drunk driving,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “As always, citizens should ensure they have a designated driver or some form of alternative transportation if they plan on consuming alcohol. Drunk driving is something that will never be tolerated in Sarasota County.”

The sheriff’s office encourages residents to enjoy the end of summer responsibly to reduce traffic crashes and help save lives.