New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration in Florida and across the United States. For many, that involves going to parties and drinking alcohol. While there is nothing illegal about that, some might believe they are in a condition to drive and get behind the wheel after drinking. Law enforcement planned to be out in force to catch and arrest drivers who might be driving while intoxicated.
It is a positive in Florida that the state is ranked near the bottom for DUI arrests in the U.S., coming in 46th. In the state, out of 100,000 people, 151 are arrested for DUI. Nationally, that rate is 330 for every 100,000 people. Separate research states that Florida was 42nd in the nation in the reduction in DUI arrests in the decade from 2009 to 2018, at slightly higher than 47%. Still, there is an average of 30 drunk driving fatalities every day. With New Year’s such a prominent day for alcohol consumption, it is a concern that law enforcement is taking very seriously as it prepares for a crackdown.
Many might try to limit their drinking and believe they can avoid being arrested. However, alcoholic drinks of any kind can lead to a DUI arrest. Drinking beer, a small glass of wine or even a wine cooler can raise a person’s blood alcohol concentration to a level that registers beyond the legal limit. With these and other factors in place, drivers should be cognizant that there is a chance they will be stopped by law enforcement during the holiday season, and especially after midnight on New Year’s Day.
A DUI charge can result in a variety of penalties. But, it is possible the testing procedure was flawed or there was a viable explanation for why the driver appeared to be under the influence. Since a conviction can lead to a driver’s license suspension, jail time and fines, having a strong legal defense strategy to drunk driving charges is crucial.