FHP: Drive sober or get pulled over

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida Highway Patrol is stepping up its game when it comes to enforcing DUI's the next couple of weeks.

From now until Labor Day weekend, FHP will be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

It's a part of the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign.

"Each year, when we get closer to the holidays, we have an increase in the amount of crashes serious bodily injury crashes. That is a direct result of driving under the influence and we're trying to curb that," said Lieutenant Eddie Elmore with FHP.

Elmore says in this final stretch of summer, making sure you arrive alive is their top priority.

"Anytime that you're driving impaired. The chances of you being involved in a crash is increased," said Elmore. "My family drives on the roads, your family drives on these roads and it's important for us as law enforcement agency to provide the safest driving environment we can to the motoring public."

Officials say having the auxiliary force out helps keep more Troopers available to look for and enforce DUI's.

"What we're doing is alternating troopers shifts. We're going to put them more in compliance with DUI hours. Late afternoon, late night. We're gonna have our auxiliary force came out and handling the non-emergency calls," Elmore explained.

And when they are out on the road, they're looking for any type of violation.

"Most of the time we get a lot of DUI's from our callers that actually call in and say 'Hey they're not driving right, they're weaving in and out of traffic, they can't maintain the lane,'" said Elmore. "We'll have a trooper out to intercept them and at that point, we'll start our investigation."

They say the best advice if you are drinking, is to plan ahead and have a designated driver, and if you see a possible DUI on the road, they urge you to call *FHP or *347.