Alcohol affects people in a variety of different ways. Some become overly reckless and careless, while others attempt to be overly cautious. However, actions that an impaired individual believes to be cautious or safe might actually be just as dangerous as more typically reckless behaviors. A mother in Florida was accused of drunk driving after police stopped her on a busy roadway. 

The woman was stopped when an officer allegedly saw her driving five to ten miles per hour down a busy street where the speed limit was 40 miles per hour. She also appeared to be driving with four flat tires. After pulling her over, the authorities discovered that there was a child in the back of the car.

While speaking with the driver, the officer said that he could smell alcohol on the woman’s breath. This, he stated, prompted him to ask the driver to take a field sobriety test. After failing the test, the woman was arrested and is now facing DUI charges as well as child neglect charges.

Drinking in excess can cause many people to make poor decisions that they might not normally make. It is also possible that intoxicated individuals might not notice things that are more readily apparent to other, sober people. This mother, for example, might have been attempting to drive slowly in order to ensure that she arrived at her destination safely. She might also not have noticed that she was driving so slowly or that her tires were flat. As is the case with this woman, people in Florida who have been accused of drunk driving could benefit from consulting with a defense attorney. 

Source: tampabay.com, “Florida woman, driving with four flat tires, charged with DUI“, Will Kennedy, Accessed on April 6, 2018