State of Florida Reminds Spring Breakers ‘Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive’

By  //  March 6, 2018

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DUIs have costly court fees, fines and other lasting consequences

As more drivers take to Florida roadways, the decision to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol continues to be a serious problem – more than 15 crashes a day in March 2017 involved drivers who registered alcohol levels above the legal limit.

FLORIDA – Florida’s beautiful beaches and tourist attractions lure thousands of spring breakers every year.

As more drivers take to Florida roadways, the decision to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol continues to be a serious problem – more than 15 crashes a day in March 2017 involved drivers who registered alcohol levels above the legal limit.

Throughout the month of March, FHP and state and local law enforcement partners will be focusing on the state’s drinking age laws and working to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

Driving impaired not only puts everyone on the roadway in danger, it can have serious legal and monetary consequences.

Penalties for DUIs can include expensive fines, license revocation and jail time and convictions can remain on your record for 75 years.

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Enjoy Spring Break responsibly and plan ahead, designate a driver or call a ride service – it is much cheaper than a DUI arrest.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

– The legal drinking age in Florida is 21. Anyone under the age of 21 in possession of alcohol can be cited for a second-degree misdemeanor, which can lead to costly court fees, fines and other lasting consequences.

– It is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under 21 or buy alcohol for anyone under 21.

– Possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle (in motion or stopped) by the driver and or the passenger(s) is a violation of Florida law.

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