Drinking and driving is never advisable in any part of the world. If you live in Florida, you should know that laws against this offense are particularly strict. The legal blood alcohol limit in the state is set at .08. This is equivalent to 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood. There are also enhanced penalties for a blood alcohol level over .15.
What are the penalties you can face?
Drunk driving can result in a number of very severe penalties. These include prison time of up to six months and fines that range between $500 and $2,000. Remember that you may also be required to pay for all court costs involved in your case.
You can also have your license suspended for anywhere between 180 days and a full year. Meanwhile, you may also have to install an ignition interlock (breathalyzer) system in your car. The cost of doing so will be charged directly to you.
There are other penalties that you risk when you drive drunk. For example, if you are convicted of a DUI, you can expect your insurance rates to rise. This is because insurance companies view people convicted of DUI as a major risk.
How can you avoid getting a DUI?
Drunk driving accidents are some of the deadliest in the U.S. Saturday nights in August are considered to be the riskiest time for accidents of this type.
Drivers are urged to use common sense while drinking. For example, it’s an excellent idea to call a rideshare service to take you home at night’s end. You can also use the designated driver system to get home safely. Finally, you can choose to stay at home when you drink. All of these are excellent options to avoid a DUI.