A Message from Sheriff Scott Israel


There is no doubt the holidays are a time for celebration, but if you are planning to attend holiday festivities where alcohol is served, do not drink and drive! You can injure yourself or others by recklessly getting behind the wheel after a few too many alcoholic beverages. BSO deputies will be out in force to ensure the safety of the motoring public during the holidays and all year round.

Sobriety checkpoints are a great deterrent used by law enforcement to protect our roadways from people driving under the influence. Our agency recognizes the need for a proactive enforcement of Florida’s DUI laws to combat this potentially devastating crime. The primary goal of sobriety checkpoints is to deter people from driving under the influence. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) studies show that sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol related crashed and fatalities by 20%. Here are some additional interesting facts:

  • The average stop time in a checkpoint is about the length of a cycle at a traffic light.
  • Highly publicized sobriety checkpoints are a reminder to the public not to drink and drive and it removes potentially dangerous people from the roadway.
  • Out of the 3,214 traffic fatalities that occurred in Florida last year, nearly 28% were alcohol-related.
  • Broward County ranks second in alcohol related accidents the State of Florida.
  • On average in the United States a person is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.
  • Nearly 1.5 million drivers each year are arrested for driving under the influence in the United States.
  • The annual cost of alcohol related crashes exceeds $100 billion.
  • Each year, the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrests an average of 1,500 motorists for driving under the influence.

Remember, if you plan on celebrating the holidays this season and alcohol will be involved – designate a driver.

Oh behalf of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, I wish you a safe holiday and a very Happy New Year!

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