Traffic Safety Institute
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The Traffic Safety Institute is proud to serve Manatee, Sarasota, and the surrounding areas. The primary goal of our programs is to actively reduce the number of traffic crash fatalities and injuries that occur on Florida's highways each year. We hope that you will join us in this enterprise by obeying Florida's traffic laws and remembering to buckle up each time you get into your vehicle.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2014 - Designate a Sober Driver This St. Patrick’s Day
On St. Patrick’s Day, 269 People Died in Drunk-Driving Crashes From 2007-2011
St. Patrick's Day is March 17, and the Traffic Safety Institute is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 269 people have been senselessly killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2007 to 2011. Those fatalities were preventable.
When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just be smart about it. If you know you’re going to drink—whether with friends at a pub or attending a local parade—designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely. There’s never an excuse for driving after drinking.
According to NHTSA in 2011, on average, one person was killed every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08.
To prevent these tragedies from occurring,The Traffic Safety Institute recommends the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:
- Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
- If available, use your community’s sober ride program. Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume. (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police. You could save a life.
- And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is presenting a Teen Driver Challenge Class on Thursday, March 20th and Saturday, March 22nd, 2014. The students will be required to use their own vehicle during the training.
The Teen Driver Challenge consists of two training days totaling twelve hours. The first day includes a four block of instruction in the classroom, while the second day is an eight hour block on the driving pad. Participants must attend both classroom and driving pad instruction to successfully complete the course.
For more information, please contact Deputy Sandy Hotwagner @ 747-3011 ext. 2706 or 2707 or Click Here
The Florida Sheriffs Association's Teen Driver Challenge helps combat the high crash and fatality rate of Teen Drivers on Florida highways. Click on the video below: