Repeat drunk drivers in Florida
Many drivers on the roads in Florida have been convicted of operating a vehicle in an intoxicated state more than once.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, drivers are not allowed to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher. Drivers who commit this offense may have to spend time in jail, pay a significant fine or go without driving privileges. However, many drunk drivers disregard these penalties and continue to drive while being intoxicated, even after being convicted of DUI multiple times.
Currently, there are 113,076 people in Florida who have been convicted of DUI charges on three (3) separate occasions. Of these drivers, 11,681 have five (5) DUI arrests on their record, yet, they are still allowed to drive, states 10 News. On a national level, according to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization, approximately one-third of all drivers who are either arrested for or convicted of drinking and driving have a prior DUI offense on their record.
Some drunk drivers are never arrested
Although many drunk drivers in Florida are convicted of DUI multiple times, a large number of people who drive in an intoxicated state are never even arrested for this offense. According to MADD, 300,000 people in the U.S. drive drunk every day. However, fewer than 4,000 of these drunk drivers are arrested.
Additionally, many drivers who are arrested for DUI have operated a vehicle in an intoxicated state multiple times before getting pulled over. The MADD organization states that most drunk drivers have driven a vehicle drunk 80 times before getting arrested for the first time.
Many are injured or killed every day
Since drunk drivers maintain their presence on the roads in Florida, thousands of pedestrians, passengers and drivers are seriously injured or killed in accidents involving drunk drivers each year. According to MADD, in 2013, approximately 290,000 people were injured in a collision caused by impaired driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also states that every day in the U.S., nearly 30 people are killed in an accident involving a drunk driver. This means that for every 51 minutes that passes, another person is killed in a drunk driving collision.
Florida drunk driving accident victims who survive a collision may find that they have a difficult time living a normal life after the crash occurs. If you were seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, reach out to an attorney in your area to determine what you can do to assert your rights for fair and proper compensation.
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