Ivey: In Brevard County, we have zero tolerance for crime
BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Attorney General Ashley Moody, the Florida Highway Patrol and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey are urging Floridians to stay safe on the roads this holiday season.
December is National Impaired Driving Awareness Month and according to the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 40% of traffic deaths over Christmas and New Years involve drivers drunk.
At a press conference in Orlando today, Attorney General Moody and law enforcement officials sent a clear message to anyone considering driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“In Brevard County, we have zero tolerance for crime, so if you must drink, have a designated driver or pay a nominal fee or other transportation that can get you home safely,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“And if you can’t do that, then prepare to wake up on Christmas morning in our prison where you can’t put anyone else’s life in danger!”
Attorney General Ashley Moody
“We know the holiday season brings an increase in accidents caused by people under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” Attorney General Ashley Moody said. “We will not tolerate impaired driving in Florida, so drive sober or get arrested. This holiday season, help us keep our roads safe by reporting reckless driving when you see it by calling *FHP.
Florida Highway Patrol Director Colonel Gene Spaulding said, “The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in force this holiday season, actively searching for impaired drivers. Security is always in season, especially during the holidays. When traveling and spending time with loved ones, please do so responsibly by never driving while impaired and always fastening your seat belt.
Orlando City Police Chief Orlando Rolón said, “Drunk driving is never okay. We want you to enjoy the holiday season responsibly.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Central Florida Executive Director Daniel Marquith said, “MADD is proud to partner with leaders across the State of Florida as we work collaboratively to end the driving epidemic with Impaired. Holidays should be a time for friends, family and togetherness; not for mourning.
During the press conference, Attorney General Moody, FHP and local law enforcement officials discussed the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Florida campaign. The campaign includes:
Florida DUI Law and Resources;
Florida Impaired Driving Strategic Plan; and
Florida Coalition for Impaired Driving.
During the event, Attorney General Moody announced a Florida Cabinet Resolution, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet, recognizing the 35th year of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Designated Driver Campaign, Tie One On For Safety.
Attorney General Moody also spoke about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Florida campaign, as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their 35th year Designated Driver campaign, Tie One On For Safety. Also in attendance at today’s press conference were Florida Highway Patrol Director Col. Gene Spaulding, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez, Police Chief d’Orlando Orlando Rolón and representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.