It's certainly newsworthy in Florida and potentially of interest to some of our readers, so we're reporting it.
DUI's on New Year's Eve are common since law enforcement is out in full force and with so many parties they are sure to find people. Cops may set up checkpoints as well which is throwing a net out there and hoping to catch something.
Most Florida motorists throughout the state, including in Orange County, likely know the phrase "Click it or Ticket," which is the slogan for a recurring national campaign stressing motorists' seat belt use.
Here's a scenario that can be truly frightening for a motorist in Florida or anywhere else in the country: suffering consequences stemming from a flatly wrong reading supplied by a breathalyzer machine administered by a police officer.
Let's talk breathalyzers.
As we noted in a recent blog post, the penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction in Florida can be many and exacting (please see our October 22 entry for a description of what we called therein "the outsized repercussions that often stem from a DUI charge").
"Happy Hour" seems like the perfect way to unwind after a tough day at work. Enjoying a few cheap drinks after the workday sounds harmless, but Happy Hour locations have become DUI hot spots.
Suffering a drunk driving conviction in Florida is no trifling matter.
How does a suspicion of a DUI start and what is the outcome? As we know a DUI represents the act of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An officer can stop anyone, anytime, they suspect a driver to be under the influence. When the officer pulls over the driver for suspicion of DUI, that person is given several tests that will either validate or eradicate suspicion of impaired driving. If the driver fails to pass any of the DUI tests, they will be arrested on the spot for suspicion of DUI. Of course, the court must show proof of DUI in order to get a conviction, but as you can see a "DUI" and "suspicion" go hand in hand. Police look for drivers who exhibit several suspicious actions that could be due to driving under the influence. Cops are looking for swerving, excessive speeding, failure to yield at a stop sign, etc.
Even if you've only had a couple of beers at a bar, you still need to be extra careful the minute you start driving your car. Cops are out there looking for you to slip up. Driving over the speed limit; not coming to a full stop at a stop sign; failing to use your turn signals when switching lanes, etc.