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Drunk Driving Archives

A DUI conviction may come with an ignition interlock device

If you are convicted of driving under the influence in the state of Florida, the judge may order the installation of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle registered in your name. Commonly known as a BAIID, this device is now used throughout the country, but you may not have even heard of it. An example of modern technology, this small but mighty machine is gaining a reputation for keeping first-offense drunk drivers from repeating their crimes.

What happens when you refuse a breath test in Florida?

Most Florida motorists understand how serious DUI offenses can be in the state. It's not hard to understand it since the government spends so much time and energy on public education relating to this exact issue. That's also why many people who have reason to believe a breath test might incriminate them are tempted to refuse the test, at least at first. It's a thought that has probably crossed everyone's mind at one point or another, and if you are pulled over for reasons that have nothing to do with your driving coordination, it might seem like a reasonable thing to do. Unfortunately, there are major consequences to this choice due to the state's implied consent law.

Study shows designated drivers are often not sober

A study of 1,100 bar patrons performed by researchers at the University of Florida showed that 65 percent of purported designated drivers (DD) had no alcohol in their systems. While this is an encouraging statistic, the research, which appeared in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, also showed that more than one-third of those who were supposed to abstain in order to drive their friends home safely had been drinking themselves. Almost half of the DD group had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) range of between 0.2 and 0.049, indicating their consumption of alcohol had been on the light side. However, 18 percent of the survey participants had a BAC of 0.05 or more-and the legal limit is 0.08.

Do police need a warrant for a breath test?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that police do not need a warrant to conduct a breath test on drivers suspected of drunk driving. The ruling brought to an end a Florida case in which the law firm of Delgado & Romanik had challenged the right of police officers to conduct a breath test without a warrant.

Fewer people being charged with drunk driving, driving high

In Florida, Miami Beach is one area where curbing driving under the influence has traditionally been a high priority. In fact, nearly 1,300 people were arrested and charged with drunk driving or driving high on drugs in 2010. Since then, however, the figure has dropped significantly.

Florida woman faces drunk driving charges after fatal accident

The issue of driving under the influence of alcohol is one that receives a significant amount of attention today. Even alcohol companies have created commercials expounding on the importance of drinking responsibly. Possibly as a result of the attention brought to the subject, many people may now be more likely to assume that an accident that happened at night under questionable circumstances is the result of drunk driving. However, a person's guilt must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt -- a burden of proof difficult to meet on the basis of assumptions alone. One Florida woman now faces criminal charges as a result of a fatal accident believed to have happened while she was under the influence of alcohol.

Fatal Florida accidents results in drunk driving charge

For people who have driven for a while, it seems like a fairly simple task. However, there are many different tasks a driver must complete. At the very least, the driver must operate the vehicle while constantly monitoring road conditions and the potential actions of other drivers.  With this in mind, it is easy to understand how an accident can happen and how a driver could be unsure of the exact extent of a collision. A man in Florida now faces a drunk driving charge after he allegedly struck a woman on a sidewalk and left the scene, though his comments seem to indicate that he may have been unaware that a woman was struck.

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