Drunk Drivers Impact Floridians
Drinking and driving may seem innocuous enough to the person who’s had a few too many, but the fact of the matter is, driving while under the influence is never a good idea. If you are the victim of a DUI accident, it would behoove you to consult with a local personal injury attorney.
Floridians Suffer at the Hands of Drunk Drivers
An elderly woman in Fort Myers couldn’t have been more surprised to find the side of her home smashed in when an inebriated man crashed through her yard and into the home. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the costs associated with property damage will be in the thousands of dollars.
Miami Beach residents were alarmed by another more serious incident related to an intoxicated driver. Five pedestrians were sent to the hospital after another man hurtled through palm trees, damaging a motor scooter and trash can, before injuring three adults and two infants who were in a stroller. Although the adults were in good condition, the infants were both critically injured.
Legal Consequences of Driving under the Influence
When impaired drivers hit the road, it puts everyone at risk. DUI is a serious offense under Florida law, and it is aggressively enforced in the Sunshine State. If convicted, drivers will face community service, fines, probations, and/or imprisonment.
- A minimum of 50 hours of community service will be required for an initial conviction of DUI.
- For a first conviction, the fine ranges between $500 and $2,000. The fine rises under certain circumstances to between $2,000 and $4,000. The conditions for such a rise include having a minor in the car and/or having a blood alcohol level of .15 or more.
- Individuals convicted of DUI may serve up to a year of combined incarceration and probation for a first offense.
- Six months of incarceration or treatment may be assigned at the discretion of the court. If a minor child was in the car or the blood alcohol level exceeded .15, the time may be increased to nine months.
All of these consequences are increased with additional convictions, and they are all in conjunction with license revocation and DUI school.
How Big is the Problem?
Drunk driving is a serious issue in Florida. The statistics for just one year are hair-raising, and include:
- Nearly 60,000 arrests for DUI;
- Over 900 deaths related to DUI;
- Nearly 200 fatalities related to drivers with a blood alcohol level between .01 and .08;
- 1 percent of drivers admit to driving after having too much to drink, compared to a national average of 1.9 percent;
- 85 percent of reported drinking and driving episodes involve binge drinkers;
- 80 percent of those who report drinking and driving are male.
Consequences to Families
Drunk driving impacts innocent people every day. In addition to the physical injuries and pain in the aftermath of an accident, many families become overwhelmed with the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, funeral costs, emotional trauma, and lost wages. While nothing can reverse the clock, the experienced and aggressive team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton can help you recoup the financial costs associated with your accident. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach for a no-cost, confidential consultation today.