A Message from Sheriff Scott Israel


There is no doubt that 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.

At the Broward Sheriff’s Office we recognize the need for proactive enforcement of Florida’s DUI laws to combat this potentially devastating crime – especially during the holiday season. Our 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. Center for Disease Control studies show that checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes and fatalities by 20 percent. The average stop time at 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, so if you are stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, know that we are doing it for your safety and the safety of the motoring public.

These are some additional facts about impaired driving:

  • Broward County ranks second in alcohol-related accidents in the State of Florida.
  • On average in the United States a person is killed by a drunk driver every 50 minutes.
  • Each year, the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrests about 1,500 motorists for driving under the influence.

It’s not just on the roadways where you will find the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office keeping you safe. Too often, opportunistic criminals prey on holiday shoppers, so our deputies are adding patrols in shopping centers and areas where holiday celebrations are taking place to deter criminal activity. You can do your part to stay safe by following these simple tips:

  • While you are out making your holiday purchases, stay alert.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area.
  • Secure valuables inside your trunk or take them with you.
  • When you return to your vehicle, have your keys in hand so that you can quickly unlock the door and get inside.
  • Never carry large amounts of money and if you go to an ATM for cash, do so during daytime hours and only in a safe location.

On behalf of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, I wish you a safe holiday season and a very happy New Year. Remember, if you plan on celebrating the holidays this season and alcohol will be involved, designate a driver. Stay safe!

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