In April, Atlantic Beach Florida conducted enhanced patrols looking for suspected drunk drivers. A spokesperson for the police department said that too many people die from DUI in Florida and the patrols targeted an area where incidents of driving under the influence were known to occur.
The patrols were conducted as a combined effort of the Atlantic Beach Enhanced DUI Enforcement Initiative and the Florida DUI Sustained Enforcement Campaign. The goal was to apprehend all suspected impaired drivers and to send a message that those who plan on drinking need to use public transportation or taxis, or assign a designated driver.
Statewide statistics show that during 2006 16,319 people were injured and 1,099 were killed in automobile accidents involving alcohol.
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