TALLAHASSEE - Family, friends, food and fireworks are a good mix to celebrate America's birthday but mixing alcohol and driving can turn the celebration into a tragedy.
The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force during the Independence Day holiday travel period, which runs July 4 through July 7, looking to remove impaired drivers from the road.
"The Florida Highway Patrol continues our commitment to making the highways a safer place to drive by increasing our patrol efforts during the holiday," said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton. "Our troopers will be on the roads, and taking enforcement action when needed, to ensure public safety for Florida motorists by reducing the number of alcohol related crashes."
All uniformed FHP personnel will be on duty to patrol interstates and other major state roads throughout the holiday period. The strategy aims to increase the patrol's presence throughout Florida in an effort to deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance.
Some tips from FHP for a safe Fourth of July:
. Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
. Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
. If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
. If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact local law enforcement.
. If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.