During the final weeks of 2018, Florida authorities will be taking part in a national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. In addition to officers on the road, helicopters will be used in an effort to detect signs of impaired driving. The goal is to make motorists think twice about getting behind the wheel if they are not safe to drive. Furthermore, the increased police presence aims to help those on the road who need assistance for any reason.
Drunk driving cases involving U.S. military veterans in Florida and across the U.S. have risen since 2014 according to a new study by the American Addiction Centers. In fact, they've spiked a shocking 60 percent.
A recent increase in wrong-way auto accidents that involve drunk drivers in Florida has led reporters to the discovery of several loopholes in Florida law. One of these loopholes allows drivers who have been detained for driving under the influence to continue driving. Florida citizens are upset about the loophole, which they believe puts citizens at risk of being involved in an accident with a drunk driver.
The legal blood alcohol content limit for drivers in Florida is .08 percent. Each state decides the legal limit under its own laws, and as of now, every state has the same .08 percent limit. However, at the end of the year, one state is going to lower that to .05 percent. Utah will be the first state to do this, and experts say other states might follow.
A man who witnessed a driver operating a truck while impaired was mistakenly taken into custody by Florida authorities. The man was at the intersection of Cortez Road and 14th Street when he saw the truck run a red light. He decided to follow the vehicle until it came to a stop in a Taco Bell parking lot. The driver chose to leave the scene, which prompted the witness to find a police officer.
Some Florida drivers may be more likely to use a ride-sharing service than drive drunk, and this could be responsible for fewer people in the Miami area being taken into custody for driving under the influence. Miami-Dade is the Southeast's largest police department, and the incidence of DUI there dropped 65 percent in 2017. From 2013 to 2015, over 1,500 people were taken into custody each year while in 2017, the number dropped to 594. In Miami, there was a decrease of 31 percent.
When a Florida driver is stopped for suspicion of drunk driving, one of the field sobriety tests that is commonly conducted tests for horizontal gaze nystagmus, or involuntary jerking of the eyes. This jerking can become more exaggerated when alcohol is consumed. As such, it can often be used as evidence that the driver was impaired when he or she was stopped.
In Florida , a driver is said to be too impaired to drive if his or her blood alcohol content is at .08 percent or higher. One way that a person's BAC is measured is by using a Breathlyzer test. This test involves a person blowing into a machine to get an estimate as to how much alcohol that person has had to drink.
A 29-year-old University of Florida student was pulled over by police early on March 30 after her vehicle was spotted going north in a southbound lane. Her 2014 Mini Cooper was seen by officers on Northeast Waldo Road near Northeast 16th Avenue. The woman allegedly defied orders to stop her vehicle until authorities were eventually able to detain her. According to media sources, she also managed to get partially free from her handcuffs while sitting in a patrol car.
A 911 call summoned law enforcement to the vicinity of Trinity Church on Spring Lake Road to investigate an erratic driver in Lake County. A Fruitland Park police officer responding to the scene found a man slumped at the wheel of a stationary white Chevy. According to the police report, the driver woke up, put the vehicle into gear and drove into a wooden fence. The man became belligerent with the police, but law enforcement managed to perform a breath test on him that produced a blood alcohol level of .233, which is substantially higher than the Florida legal limit of .08.