Low Rates of Florida DUI

Posted on: May 18, 2020
Driving Under the Influence in Florida / Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys / Orlando Oviedo Winter Springs Altamonte Sanford Lawyers / Beers and Gordon P.A.If you had to guess where Florida ranked, relative to other states, on the percentage or rate of drunken driving, your answers might vary. Those who know someone with a DUI might go high and put us in the Top 10. Others, wanting to be fair, might put Florida in the middle. But would you believe we’re actually near the bottom, at 46th overall?

According to an aggregate study of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Transportation, and even FBI crime reports, for every 100,000 drivers in 2018, there were just over 150 DUI-related arrests.

Nevertheless, Florida has a population of more than 21 million, which means even at 46th overall, that’s more than 30,000 DUI-related arrests in a single year. In other words, it’s worth mentioning the law. For any first offense, the fine for driving under the influence can range between $500 and $2,000, though a blood alcohol level in excess of 0.15 would raise that fine to somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000. Under a year long probationary period, drivers would owe a mandatory 50 hours of community service and could, depending on the courts, owe a six month term of imprisonment, hinging on a combination of carelessness and consequences related to damage or injury to another party.

Florida may be low on the list when it comes to DUI rates, and that’s a good thing, but we, as drivers, still must be cautious and attentive to our surroundings.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death, a personal injury, or a motor vehicle accident, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, OrangeVolusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.


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