Police in Florida say that a 29-year-old man was drunk when he lost control of his pickup truck in St. Johns County during the early morning hours of Jan. 30. Two pedestrians suffered what media reports described as serious injuries in the ensuing accident. The man's truck also allegedly caused damage to a historic cemetery that a nonprofit group says will cost at least $10,000 to repair. He faces multiple drunk driving charges and is being held at the St. Johns County Jail on a $56,000 bond.
Florida residents may still be buzzing about the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. However, a Saints player is in the news after being taken into custody for drunk driving at about 1:10 a.m. on Jan. 23. The Saints cornerback was released from custody about three hours later after posting a bond.
In the state of Florida, a driver is legally drunk if his or her blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher. However, a panel of scientists has recommended that the threshold be lowered to .05 percent. This threshold applies in Utah and more than 100 European countries. To reach a BAC of .05 percent, a woman weighing over 120 pounds would likely need to consume two drinks in an hour. The same would be true of a man weighing roughly 160 pounds.
A driving under the influence (DUI) charge is what a Florida driver may face if they are pulled over for being suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While each jurisdiction in The Sunshine State has procedures in place for first-time DUI charges, the process generally involves being arrested and spending some time in jail. Depending the circumstances involved, a judge may allow a charged individual to be released on bail as long as they agree to remain in the area until a scheduled hearing takes place.
Florida veterans concerned about drunk driving charges should know they are not alone. According to a study by the American Addiction Centers, in recent years, both binge drinking and drunk driving have become far more common among the U.S. veteran population. The study looked closely at the reasons for the spike and determined that emotional and physical trauma is largely to blame for this type of substance abuse.
A 40-year-old Florida man who was taken into custody for DUI on the evening of Nov. 24 thought the patrol car taking him to jail was an Uber ride, according to media reports. Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies say that the man's evening took a turn for the worse when he rear-ended a car that was waiting at a red light near Cape Coral.
We all know that being over the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit while driving poses a threat to public safety and risks harsh penalties.
To be in line with what the National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending for years, several states are seriously looking into lowering the legal blood alcohol content for motorists. Florida, like every other state, currently sets its BAC at 0.08. A driver arrested for allegedly driving with a higher BAC faces per se criminal charges based on the BAC alone. The proposed change would lower the legal limit to 0.05.
A 23-year-old Florida man is likely regretting his decision to go out for some ice cream on the evening of Oct. 7. The Collier County resident has been charged with driving while under the influence, fraud and assaulting an emergency services worker. He is scheduled to appear in court to answer to the charges at the end of October.
Florida residents may know who Jayson Werth is from his time in Major League Baseball. In September, he agreed to a plea deal stemming from an April traffic stop in Scottsdale, Arizona. Werth was originally stopped because the car he was driving had an expired registration. At the time of the stop, he claimed that he didn't have a registration because the car was borrowed.