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DRINK & DRIVE (OR BOAT) AND YOU LOSE

On land and in the water, the Broward Sheriff's Office is fighting to keep this a safe Independence Day.

Beginning early the morning of July 4, 2002, members of the BSO Marine Unit will start to strictly enforce water safety. Throughout the day, deputies will watch for unsafe marine equipment, boaters racing through restricted speed zones, and those who are operating their vessel while drunk or impaired. Additionally, the Marine Unit will provide security for the offshore fireworks displays in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

BSO’s DUI task force - recently honored for its work by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers - will saturate Broward’s roads on July 4th. Deputies will track down drunk or impaired motorists and anyone caught driving under the influence will lose their independence and go to jail.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 212 people died in crashes on the nation’s roadways over the 2000 July 4th holiday. That same year, U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that, nationally, there were more than 700 boating fatalities. Drunk or impaired drivers or vessel operators caused many of those deaths.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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