Articles Posted in Drunk Driving (DUI)

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In Fort Pierce, Florida and other cities, drivers put themselves and others at risk for personal injury and wrongful death when they drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs otherwise known as D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence). Fredrina Yvonne Johnson was recently arrested for D.U.I. for driving under the influence of alcohol with five children in the vehicle. Ms. Johnson refused to take the breath test and had the smell of alcohol on her breath. She was also reported to be belligerent at the scene of the arrest. People should be responsible when driving especially when driving children around town. You can read more about this story at Florida Mother Arrested for DUI with 5 Children in the Car.

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The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco recently arrested for store clerks from various stores in Green Cove Springs (Clay County) Florida for the selling of alcohol to people under the age of 21. The stores involved were the Green Cove Springs Package Store, Island Food Store, the Kangaroo Convenience Store, and the Hess Gas Station. The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco conducted the sting operation with the assistance of the Green Cove Springs Police Department. See Florida Times Union – The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Take Action Against Clerks Who Sold to Underage Customers.

Underage drinking is certain a problem in many respects. One, young people typically do not have the judgment to know their limits. Second, young people often times think that they are invincible and can do many things under the influence that they should not including driving, biking, swimming, skateboarding, and many other activities that can lead to serious personal injury and death. Third, young people may act carelessly that causes serious bodily injury to other children and adults who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Cracking down on store clerks is only one way of many that State and Local officials can use to try to limit and deter underage possession and consumption of alcohol.

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Kimberly Gae Equatore was arrested in Ocala, Florida and charged with DUI. She was passed out behind the wheel of her truck with her 4 year old son in the front seat. A Marion County Deputy Sheriff found Mrs. Equatore and tried to administer a field sobriety test. She refused to complete the test or undergo a breath test. Three small bottles of vodka were found in the vehicle. Florida criminal law allows for the arrest of a person who is suspected of DUI if the person has control of the vehicle. The law applies even if the vehicle is not moving. This applies even if the engine is not on.

This story shows the dangers of drinking and driving. Many drivers on Florida roads ignore the safety of others including themselves and their children. It is absolutely true that drinking and driving do not go together in any form. Thankfully, the Marion County Deputy Sheriff arrived on the scene to prevent a true disaster from happening – theinjury or death of child and others resulting from a driver under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs. Of course, Mrs. Equatore will have the representation of a criminal defense attorney or public defender. She is innocent until proven guilty but things do not look so good for Mrs. Equatore based on the facts presented in this news story.

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Every day on Florida roads, children are injured as a result of an automobile accident. Many accidents result from the negligence of the driver of an automobile, truck, or motorcycle. Children cannot be held liable for any part of the negligence if the child is not driving. Typically, children under the age of 16 are not driving and are innocent victims of negligent drivers. Questions often arise as to insurance coverage and responsibility for medical bills, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life for the child. In addition, parents have related claims for the loss of services and support as a result of the child’s injuries. As a Florida child injury lawyer handling automobile accident cases, I am familiar with insurance requirements and claims as well as the litigation or lawsuits involving these cases. Children in Florida have unique legal rights that must be handled properly. In addition, the medical needs of a child greatly differ from that of an adult and it is important for the child to be treated by a doctor who is experienced in treating injured children. From a legal standpoint, it is important to get legal representation early in the process so that no rights are waived. Insurance companies and their adjuster and attorneys have an unfair advantage over the average consumer and it is important for the family of the Florida injured child to even the playing field by retaining legal counsel to advise, protect, and enforce the rights of the injured child.

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A picture speaks a thousand woods. This saying is especially true for an auto / bicycle accident that took place in Monterrey Mexico. A drunk driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a group of bicycle racers. One bicycle racer was killed and many others suffered personal injuries as a result of the negligence of a drunk driver. The photograph in this month’s newsletter is amazing and tragic. Take a look at the photo and this month’s newsletter, read my comments, and send me an e mail with your thoughts.

Florida deaths resulting from drunk driving have fluctuated over the years. In 1983, the percentage of alcohol related deaths peaked while the lowest number of deaths was reported in 1997.

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Almost 30 % of the deaths in 2006 involved drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher. You can read more about these statistics atFlorida Death Statistics Involving Drunk Drivers.

In Florida, the percentage of alcohol related fatalities peaked in 1983, while the actual number of alcohol related deaths peaked in 1986 and the lowest number of drunk driving deaths occurred in 1997. In 2006, out of all traffic fatalities, 29% involved a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, with 959 fatalities, which was a big drop from the year before.