According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 31 percent of all deadly traffic accidents were caused by a drunk driver.
The statistics show the 4th of July is one of the deadliest holidays.
But Ocala Police will have extra officers on the road this Independence Day.
Last year 10,000 people were killed by a drunk driver, that's one death every 51 minutes.
That number spikes around this time every year.
"Even if they have friends or family that they see are gonna drive when they know that they are intoxicated or impaired that they would do everything in their power to stop them," Ocala Police Spokesperson, Chas Maier told TV20.
Ocala Police are stepping up their efforts through their "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over" crackdown.
With a $40,000 state grant, they are able to pay for extra man hours.
The department also used $10,000 for an intoxilizer, or breathalizer machine.
Ocala Police will have even more sobriety checkpoints and patrols until July 6th.
The Florida Highway Patrol will also conduct a DUI check point July 6th starting at 8:00 p.m in front of Shady Hill Elementary School at 5959 South Magnolia Avenue.
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