Low Rates of Florida DUIPosted on: May 18, 2020
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.