The South Florida Bike Coalition thanks the Hialeah Police Department for cracking down on drunk driving.
Drunk driving kills people in South Florida at a frighteningly high rate, (constituting 29% of all traffic fatalities or 875 people, in 2008). When combined with hit-and-runs, the number could be much higher. Surprising to many people outside of South Florida, people drive drunk here at all times of day and night – which is important because people ride their bicycles for transportation and recreation at all times of day and night, too.
We don’t (yet) have solid statistics on how many people hit while riding their bikes are hit by someone under the influence but we all know that unsafe driving puts all of us at risk. That’s why the South Florida Bike Coalition is calling the Hialeah Police Department today to thank them for posting a safety checkpoint on Friday night. Enforcement measures like this remind people to think twice before drinking and driving – and they just might save your life next time you are on the road.
Safer streets are an important step in improving and increasing bicycling in our communities. If you support safer roads, tell your police and policymakers that you support traffic law enforcement. Thank them when you see them working in your neighborhood and let us know so that we can thank them, too. Whether or not you drive or ride in Hialeah, many people who share the road with you do. Why not give Hialeah PD a call and say, thank you for encouraging safer driving in South Florida. Hialeah PD: (305) 687-2525 Ask for the Traffic Section