The UCF Police Department revealed a new patrol car this week that displays the agency’s support for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and reinforces UCFPD’s commitment to getting impaired drivers off the road.
The Dodge Charger’s color scheme is red, MADD’s official color, and features the number “.08” – the blood alcohol level considered too drunk to drive for a person age 21 or over.
Ofc. Agustin Gonzalez, a department leader in DUI arrests, will be driving the new car, which will be featured at this weekend’s Walk Like MADD, the largest regional fundraiser in support of MADD.
For the first time, UCF will host the walk on April 29 at Memory Mall. Registration will start at 5 p.m., and the event kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
“Following the walk, agencies from across Central Florida will saturate Orange County with increased DUI patrol and enforcement activities,” said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary. “In my opinion, drunk driving is a selfish, avoidable crime. It’s important to think about other people before you make that reckless decision to drive drunk.”
On average, 27 people in America are killed each day by an impaired driver. MADD’s efforts and events such as the walk help to raise community awareness about the very real dangers of impaired driving.
More information about the walk and how to register and and donate is available at walklikemadd.org/centralflorida.