Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is an epidemic in this country and having a good Tampa DUI attorney is essential. Alcohol and drug related accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths on Florida’s roads and highways. According to the latest drunk driving statistics for the State of Florida, published by Alcohol Alert, 1,041 people were killed in alcohol-related auto or motorcycle accidents.
This means that 35% – more than a third – of all driving fatalities in Florida are caused by drunk drivers. In fact, Florida ranks third in the nation in the highest number of drinking and driving fatalities, behind only Texas and California.
Most of these deaths could have been avoided if the driver had chosen not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. In all 50 states, including Florida, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime punishable by law with penalties ranging from fines and suspension of license to imprisonment. In Florida, first and second DUI offenses are misdemeanors, while third and subsequent offenses are third-degree felonies. People are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2008, 10,732 people were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida.
When an impaired driver gets behind the wheel, he jeopardizes his own life and the lives of innocent people. If your life has been altered by the thoughtless and irresponsible actions of a drunk driver, contact J. Stanford Morse, P.A., your #1 Tampa DUI attorney. With over 31 years of experience representing victims of drunk drivers, J. Stanford Morse can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Educational Drunk Driving Information
NHTSA’s 2009 Drunk Driving Fatality Information.
Drunk Driving Statistics in Florida
Alcohol-Impaired Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes, by Gender and State, 2007-2008
Florida DUI and Administrative Suspension Laws
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Florida Chapter Mothers Against Drunk Driving
NHTSafety Administration Statistics State of Florida 2004 – 2008