As one of the largest states in the country, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Florida suffered from 797 drunk driving fatalities in 2015. Between 2003 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 8,476 Florida deaths resulted from crashes that included a drunk driver. Based purely on the number…

According to a recent 2016 study released by SmartAsset, Florida drivers are ranked as the worst in the nation. One of the reasons Florida ranks so highly is its DUI arrest rate, which is 4.45 DUI arrests per 1,000 drivers. Even so, Florida’s number of DUI arrests is actually lower than other states, but Florida also…

Much ado has been made about Governor Scott’s looming decision regarding Florida’s “liquor wall” law. Early in 2017, the Florida legislature approved a bill — SB 106 — that would repeal Florida’s decades-old liquor wall law, which required hard liquor to be sold in separate facilities from groceries and other goods. Opponents of the bill pushed Gov. Scott…

This blog post is part 2 of our Spring Break series. You can read the first blog post here. If you have been cited or arrested for underage drinking it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney. The consequences of a conviction or guilty plea can follow a person for years. A first…

During Spring Break, underage drinking laws are strictly enforced in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. The Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriff’s Offices patrol the beach and adjacent neighborhoods looking for violators. The deputies are in uniforms and plain clothes, on foot and on ATVs. They carry detection devices to sample drink containers of anyone they…

A woman recently struck 10 different cars while driving from Florida to Georgia. The spate of crashes started at some point in the early afternoon when police received several calls about hit-and-runs headed east on Interstate 295. Then, additional calls of accidents came in reporting hit-and-run behavior headed north on Interstate 295. As it turns…

Few topics unify Floridians quite like the game of football, even if there is a clear divide between Hurricane, Seminole and Gator fans. As a result, Floridians are often familiar with the fact that some of their favorite athletes and coaches make headlines for all the wrong reasons, such as Florida State strength and conditioning…

How can a family possibly move on after losing a loved on to a drunk driving tragedy? If you are like Bill DeMott, you use it to raise awareness and prevent drunk driving in your local Florida community. After Mr. DeMott’s daughter, Keri Anne DeMott, passed away in a drunk driving incident on October 2015, the…

Florida law prevents people suspected of drunken driving from refusing to take a blood-alcohol test. While Florida and at least a dozen states overall make such a refusal a crime, the Supreme Court has recently expressed its doubts on the constitutionality of these laws. Supreme Court justices heard arguments in April of 2016 that challenged…

If laws are meant to serve as a deterrent force with penalties severe enough to prevent unlawful behavior, then Florida’s drinking and driving laws are failing. This, at least, is the opinion of various detectives and grieving Floridians who have been negatively affected by the harms of drunk driving. Despite Florida’s active police presence and…

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