Have you ever been out at a sporting event or concert, had a couple of drinks and wondered what your blood-alcohol level was? Or have you ever consumed alcohol at a friend's house or party, then questioned whether you were sober enough to drive home? If you're like a lot of people here in Florida, you may have answered yes to these questions.
If you're a fan of hockey and frequently follow news concerning the sport, then you've probably already heard about the Zamboni driver in another state who was charged with driving under the influence after a spectator reported seeing him "driving erratically" while operating the machine. Although this may seem like a one-of-a-kind case, there have been other cases in which a person has been arrested for DUI while operating a Zamboni.
Whether it was on a television show or you experienced it in real life, most people are familiar with the three tests that are given to most drivers during a field sobriety test. The first two are typically the one-leg-stand tests and the walk-and-turn test. But it's the third of these tests that we'd like to take a closer look at in today's post.
We provided our readers in Florida and elsewhere with some introductory information regarding the state’s ignition interlock program and requirements in a blog post from autumn of last year (please see our entry dated October 27, 2014). We follow up with some additionally relevant details regarding interlock devices today,
Many of our readers across Florida have likely read stories or otherwise heard of cases where a stopped motorist who was administered a breathalyzer test and subsequently convicted of drunk driving flatly contended that he or she was not under the influence of alcohol.
If you are out driving and you suddenly see flashing lights in your rearview mirror, the first question you probably ask (to no one in particular) is: “What did I do?” In some cases, you might not be aware of breaking any laws. Other times, you might know that you were doing something illegal but don’t know how the officer spotted you.
There is so much going on with a drunk driving charge that many people don't consider. Usually a drunk driving story is reduced to the lowest common denominator: someone was intoxicated, they broke the law, now go to jail you reckless person.
Although criminal justice advocates may call for more rehabilitative approaches, Florida law enforcement officials continue to prosecute charges of driving under the influence with a heavy hand.
Imagine for a moment that you are pulled over by a police officer late at night in Orange County or elsewhere in Florida and told by that officer that he or she has probable cause to suspect you have been driving under the influence of alcohol.
Any Florida motorist who has had a few drinks and thinks that he or she might stand a reasonable chance of being undetected by Florida law enforcers while out on a state road or interstate this week is likely mistaken.