What exactly is “DUI awareness”? You hear people who have had one too many drinks talk in terms such as “body weight” or “alcohol tolerance”. In their everyday life they think they can have complete control over how much they drink and how it truly affects them. But when you are pulled over by the police that “DUI awareness” doesn’t do you any good.
In the state of Florida, the blood-alcohol content limit for all drivers over the age of 21 is .08%. This means if you are lucky enough to blow .07% you shouldn’t be charged with driving under the influence. But can you really tell the difference in your drinking from .07% to .08%? Of course not. We all handle alcohol differently no matter our age, size, or drinking experience. None of these differing factors matter since we are all held to the same legal standard. Drivers must know their own personal drinking limits to avoid driving drunk. You can’t compare yourself to your friends or your family. The consequences are too dire for you to not pay attention to your alcohol intake. If you are facing DUI charges, you need to know that the state of Florida takes drunk driving very seriously. If you have hired the proper criminal defense counsel you might spare yourself from this ongoing nightmare, but it is nonetheless a long process.
The penalties include having your driver’s license suspended for up to 180 days, with up to $5,000 in fines, and if you are a repeat DUI offender the penalties stiffen. You could land in prison for up to five years on your fourth DUI conviction.
The easiest way to solve this is by never drinking and driving. Don’t take the risk of self-diagnosing your alcohol intake. The best kind of “DUI awareness” is the one that keeps you focused on never getting behind the wheel after drinking.