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Private citizens can measure own blood alcohol content

Florida drivers may be interested to learn that blood alcohol testing devices are becoming more commercially available. Technology changed significantly from the time that Breathalyzers could only be owned by police and required training to be operated. Now, a person can buy one of these devices at stores for as little as $30 and may be able to find one that fits on a keychain. There are also products that plug into a person's cell phone. It is thought that these devices can help drivers avoid DUI charges.

Florida man sentenced in fatal drunk driving case

A Florida man was sentenced to 8 years in prison for a drunk driving accident that caused the death of an 80-year-old woman. The accident occurred when the man failed to break before he turned his F-150 truck into a Ford Focus in which the woman was a passenger. The woman was rushed to local hospital where she died two days later due to multiple blunt force traumas.

Florida BAC level may become lower

Florida could be one of the states considering implementing the new recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board to reduce the legal limit on blood alcohol content necessary to charge a driver with DUI. The NTSB has made its recommendation to reduce BAC levels from .08 to .05 in the hope that drunk driving rates will decrease. Currently, one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities are due to drunk driving.

Lawyer for Tampa radio shock jock arrested for DUI

The courtroom theatrics involving two Tampa radio personalities took yet another strange twist. The two radio jocks are embroiled in a defamation case that is now resolved, but the judge hearing the Tampa case recessed the case shortly before the verdict to hear a motion from the plaintiff's legal team. They wanted a mistrial in the defamation case on the grounds that one of the members of their own legal team was set up by the defense's attorneys for a DUI arrest.

Florida official calls for tougher ignition interlock device limit

Florida courts have had the power to order people convicted of DUI to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle since 2004. Since then, nearly 65,000 people have been sentenced to use the device, with about 9,000 of them currently installed. An ignition interlock device is attached underneath the dashboard with a cable. It somewhat resembles a breath test device and requires drivers to blow into it before the car can start. If the device detects a blood-alcohol content of 0.05, the engine will not turn on.

Teacher charged with DUI after minor car accident

A high school teacher in the Tampa area has been suspended from work after police in Brooksville arrested her on suspicion of drinking and driving on Oct. 19. The arrest came after the woman was involved in a car accident that caused no injuries. The woman's teaching job could be at stake, depending on how the case is resolved.

US Supreme Court Will Review Warrantless Blood Alcohol Tests

Many states have laws that compel a driver, who has been stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, to submit to a blood alcohol test. In January 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court held that compelling such a test is actually an unreasonable search and seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Florida DUI Checkpoint Found Invalid

DUI checkpoints have been a controversial topic recently, as many argue they are in violation of the Fourth Amendment's "right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures." To be considered lawful, the public must be informed of the checkpoint and warnings must be posted on the road prior to the checkpoint. When a police department is going to establish a DUI checkpoint, they must outline the manner in which the checkpoint will be administered and the reasons for the checkpoint.

Increased Police Enforcement in Florida Over Labor Day Weekend

With the Labor Day holiday quickly approaching, it is important for Florida residents to be aware of the heightened law enforcement efforts in place over the weekend. Often, extra police officers will patrol the streets over holiday weekends, seeking out drivers they suspect are under the influence of alcohol. This year in Florida will be no exception.

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