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Analyzing the average alcohol metabolism rate

No one in Naples plans to end to his or her evening with a DUI arrest. How then, knowing that being apprehended for driving while drunk is always a possibility, do so many seem to do it? It is likely not due to any malicious intent, but rather to simply not understanding how long it may take for alcohol to work its way out of one's system. Understanding the rate at which the body metabolizes alcohol may help one to better plan his or her acitivities so as to avoid even the potential of being arrested for DUI

Zero tolerance laws save lives

One-fourth of young drivers aged 15-20 who are killed in crashes have been drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Of those killed, 82 percent of them had blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 or higher. The other side of that equation shows that nationwide, laws setting a minimum drinking age of 21 have helped save more than 30,000 lives since 1975.

How can I ensure a safe graduation night?

Graduation season is here and that means graduation night celebrations for many teens in Naples and Collier County. For parents who think they are being responsible by hosting parties instead of having children celebrate elsewhere, you should know that you can be held responsible for what comes after the party—teen DUIs, accidents and injuries.

How does your breath relate to your BAC?

The legal requirement to submit to chemical breath tests as well as the accuracy of such tests (or lack of it) have been detailed on this blog in the past. All of this talk about measuring your breath might prompt a perfectly relevant question: Why measure your breath to determine if something is in your blood?

Scrutinizing breathalyzer accuracy

When people in Naples are asked to visualize a drunk driving arrest, they likely will immediately conjure up images of one standing beside his or her car and blowing into a handheld breathalyzer device. Indeed, these devices has seemingly become the visual representation most equate with drunk driving. Many may believe that they are the singular tool law enforcement officers use to determine a driver's level of impairment. Yet do the results that they produce justify their association? 

Can I get a DUI using prescription drugs?

Florida drivers should know that a drug does not need to be illegal to affect you behind the wheel. You can become impaired with the use of both prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as alcohol and other drugs. That means you can be convicted of driving under the influence no matter what type of drug or medication you may use and despite using it legally.

Repeat DUI offenders continue to drive

When drugs or alcohol play a role in a Florida traffic accident, the tragedy seems worse knowing that it may have been avoided if both drivers were sober. For victims who must deal with physical injuries, emotional trauma and ongoing medical expenses, the tragedy is ongoing, at times well past any fines or jail time that the drunk driver received.

Driving school for a DUI offense

When an officer stops a person who is driving while intoxicated, or DUI, in Florida, the offender often receives more than court dates and high-priced fines. According to the Florida State Legislature’s Statutes, any driver who has physically been in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or has registered at unlawful alcohol levels via blood or breath tests is mandated to attend driving school for a specialized DUI program.

Breaking down Florida's implied consent law

Many in Naples may be familiar with the concept of an implied consent law. Such a law (in general terms) means that by participating in a certain activity, one agrees to being evaluated by the officials to who regulate it. Implied consent laws are typically cited in reference to roadside sobriety testing. By agreeing to drive, drivers have already consented to being evaluated to determine if they may or may not be intoxicated. 

Life with an IID

After being arrested for a suspected drunk driving offense in Florida you might have a lot of questions about how your life might be impacted if you are ultimately convicted of a criminal charge. In Florida as in many other states, people who have been convicted of driving under the influence offenses may be required to install and use an ignition interlock device. As you may know, this device retains a lock on your vehicle ignition until you pass a breath test that then allows you to start your car. However, this is not the only thing you need to know.

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