Spring break season is here. Many Florida hotels and attractions will be or already are overrun with students and their friends or families from all over the country. Authorities are encouraging residents and tourists alike to avoid drunk driving charges by designating a sober driver or by ensuring that they have another ride home.
Last year, there were more than 37,000 car crashes during the month of March. These accidents caused more than 2,000 serious injuries and nearly 300 fatalities. In fact, since 2013, more DUIs have been issued during the month of March than any other time of the year.
Officers in Florida are concentrating heavily on stopping impaired drivers and keeping others off the street. The penalties for DUI charges can vary greatly. Those convicted might be charged a fine or have their driver’s license revoked. In some cases, those convicted of driving under the influence may also face jail time.
There are a wide variety of ways that drivers can avoid being charged with drunk driving. Some might choose to designate a sober driver, but others may not wish to limit a single member of the group. Taxi and rideshare services, like Uber, can provide individuals who are drinking or planning to drink with a safe ride back to their home or hotel. Florida residents who have been charged with a DIU and wish to challenge the charges could benefit from consulting with an attorney. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible for an attorney to help to reduce or eliminate the charges against the defendant; at the very least, an attorney can help ensure the most positive outcome possible.
Source: wfla.com, “FHP stresses safety as spring break nears“, Anthony Allred, March 6, 2018