The Florida Highway Patrol takes drunk driving in Jacksonville, Florida and other Florida towns and cities very seriously, saying that it is one of the most deadly crimes. Their motto is “Over the Limit, Under Arrest.” If you get pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, a breathalyzer and / or field sobriety tests will help officers determine if you are over the legal limit. Drivers found to be drunk face jail time, losing their driver’s licenses, higher insurance rates, and many other expenses.
The Florida Highway Patrol has released some tips so that drivers can determine their own limit before getting behind the wheel. For example, they would like to remind people that one drink is the equivalent of .54 ounces of pure alcohol; that is the amount found in one ounce of 100 proof liquor, twelve ounces of beer, or four to five ounces of wine. Also, it does not take many drinks for the average person to reach the legal limit of .080 blood alcohol content. A 120 pound woman would very likely be well over the limit after consuming three drinks in one hour. A 180 pound man would be over the limit after four drinks in the same time period.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is no joke. It can be harmful or even fatal both for the driver himself and for innocent victims on the road with him. Drivers are urged to contact the Florida Highway Patrol by cell phone at *FHP (*347) to report any dangerous driving behavior. Callers may be anonymous.
Read more about the Florida Highway Patrol’s efforts to cut down on drunk driving at FHP continues holiday enforcement.
If your child has been injured by a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please contact our Jacksonville, Florida firm for child injury legal counsel.