Local Agencies Address Deadliest Crime

Press Conference Hosted by Cape Coral Police Department

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Nov. 27, 2017)—December is National 3D month (drinking, drugs, and distracted driving). In Lee County, however, we are making it 4D month (drinking, drugs, distracted and drowsy driving). Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continues to be the most often committed and deadliest crime in America.

The Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, is hosting the 4D month press conference on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Joining together with Cape Coral Police Department to bring awareness of the death and injuries occurring on our roadways will be Florida Highway Patrol, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Myers Police Department and Lee Health Trauma Center.

As of last week, Lee County had 100 fatalities this year on its roadways. We want to make the holidays a safer time on our roads.

According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), in 2016, the nation saw 1,976 more fatalities from motor vehicle crashes than in 2015---a 5.6 percent increase. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased by 1.7 percent, from 10,320 in 2015 to 10,497 in 2016. Alcohol- impaired driving fatalities accounted for 28 percent of 2016 overall fatalities. An alcohol-impaired driving fatality is defined as a fatality in a crash involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 g/dl or greater.

For more information, please call 239-343-3797.

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