Florida Drunk Driving Prevention

If you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving and the officer finds evidence that you were drinking before getting behind the wheel, you may be arrested and charged with a DUI. Ultimately, the State will have to prove that you were intoxicated by presenting various pieces of evidence in your case. Although there are ways to effectively fight a DUI charge, the best way to prevent the embarrassment and expense of a DUI is to be sober every time you get behind the wheel.

Know the Law

Like all states, Florida has a DUI per se statute on the book. This means that if you are found to have a blood alcohol content, or BAC, at or above the legal limit of 0.08%, the law recognizes that you have been driving under the influence and you will be arrested and charged with a per se DUI.

Note that the per se statute and legal BAC does not necessarily mean that you were inebriated. Because no two people metabolize, or process, alcohol in the same manner, there can be a wide variation in the amount of alcohol it takes to impair one person from the next. Some drivers may have complete control over their faculties, even with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit. Having said that, you can also be arrested and charged with a DUI if you show signs of impairment and have a BAC lower than .08%.

The only way to ensure that you will not be arrested for a DUI is to drive sober.

Plan Ahead

If you are preparing to attend an event or have an evening out that will include drinking, be sure to plan ahead to ensure that you will not be tempted to get behind the wheel with alcohol in your system. Arrange to take public transportation or even call a taxi or car service to take you where you need to go. The cost of a safe ride far outweighs the fees you may face if you are charged with a DUI. Alternatively, appoint a designated driver from among your party. This person will commit to staying sober and getting everyone home safely at the end of the evening. A little planning could make the difference between a great night out and spending the night behind bars.