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Hurt in a Florida DUI Crash? Don’t Forget the Crimes Compensation Act

 
As many Florida citizens know all too well, spring breakers can be noisy. They can be annoying. Worst of all, though, they can be dangerous when they commit negligent acts such as driving while intoxicated.
 
This isn’t behavior that’s limited to Florida, either. For example, two high school students were recently hit and killed by a 21-year-old drunk driver in California. One of the victims died at the scene of the accident, while the other succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.
 
If you’re injured by a spring breaker who’s driving drunk, it’s important to know what to do and how to seek compensation for your injuries – including taking advantage of the Crimes Compensation Act.…

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Will Self-Driving Cars Lead to More Florida DUI Injuries?

 
 
The development of autonomous cars has been described as our generation’s equivalent of the transition from the horse and buggy to the Model T. This advance is exciting, but it’s bound to come with hiccups along the way as legislation and society struggle to come to grips with the new technology.
 
Case-in-point? Recently, a San Francisco man was arrested for drunk driving when police discovered him not just intoxicated, but asleep at the wheel on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The man had passed out during 5:30 PM rush hour traffic, and his car was at a full stop. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.
 
What does this have to do with driverless cars?…

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Hit by a Negligent Driver While Barhopping on NYE? Fight Back

For those who go out to the bars, New Year’s Eve is typically one big mess. It can be a fun mess, but it’s still a mess – people trying to connect with their friends or find that special someone before midnight, drivers acting frustrated and crazy, and everywhere you go you face crowds, crowds, crowds. Living in a warm state like Florida gives you an advantage in this regard: if one place is super busy, you and your friends don’t have to drive to have fun – just walk to the next bar down the street!
 
Unfortunately, not everyone does this. Some just can’t leave their cars behind – even if they have been drinking.…

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Did a Drunk Driver Ruin Your Thanksgiving?

Maybe you were out driving Wednesday night before Thanksgiving when it happened. Or perhaps it was on the way to the big meal. Or afterwards when you were feeling happy and sated as you headed home.
 
One second everything was normal, and the next your life was spinning out of control – possibly even literally. The other driver came out of nowhere to slam into your car, demolishing your holiday. You’re still thankful – but now that thankfulness is focused squarely on the fact that you’re still alive.
 
Why did this happen? Because the other driver was drunk. This is a scene that plays out every single day of the year, but around the Thanksgiving holiday it’s sadly a lot more common – especially on the night before Thanksgiving.…

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Florida Motorists Should Watch Out for Drunk Drivers This Summer

Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July, barbeques, summer vacations… summer is the best time of year for beautiful weather and fun holiday weekends. But as we prepare our best cannonball and dust off our grills, the police are preparing for summer as well. They are sharpening their skills for identifying drunk drivers – and if you want to stay safe, you should too.
 
Earlier this month, Florida Public Safety Institute funded a lab course that gives both members of Florida law enforcement and residents a chance to challenge their knowledge regarding drinking, driving, and blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. Some participants were given drinks, while others were tasked with using the course to monitor signs of drunk driving.…

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Survey Reports Distracted Drivers Worse Threat than Drunk Drivers

 
Here’s a shocking bit of information. Drunk drivers—though still a real threat—aren’t what most American drivers are afraid of on the road today.
 
Maybe it’s because drunk driving is on the decline in our country. After years in the spotlight in PSAs, driver’s ed classes, police crackdowns, and outreach campaigns, it seems that the message has finally begun to take hold among today’s younger drivers.
 
But fear of drunk drivers has been replaced with another fear that many believe poses a greater threat—distracted drivers.
 
According to a recent survey released by Kelley Blue Book, 97% of consumers surveyed said drivers who use their cellphone behind the wheel represent one of their biggest safety concerns.…

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Holidays with the Most DUI Deaths

With Halloween over and Thanksgiving on the horizon, the holiday season is in full swing. But alongside the festivities comes the dark side of holidays—drunk drivers.
 
More often than not, holidays are the most dangerous days on the road for drivers. Whenever there is occasion for people to drink, there is occasion for people to drive drunk .
 
The cold months of the year are already a dangerous time for drivers. Large numbers of travelers, inclement weather, shorter days, and high stress all contribute to increased risk on the road during the winter holiday season.
 
The factor that presents the most danger to holiday traffic, however, is the spike in drunk driving that occurs every year.…

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The Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration on a Driver

 
 
Too often, drivers get behind the wheel immediately after having a couple of drinks, dismissively insisting that they are “all right to drive.” But while their speech might not be slurred and their movements seemingly fine, such individuals may be experiencing the effects of alcohol in ways they cannot realize.
 
According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, driving ability can be hindered with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level as low as .02 percent.  The effects on cognitive ability, coordination, mobility, and driving skills only increase as the BAC is raised.
 
Below, we’ve outlined some of the effects that alcohol consumption may have on drivers at different blood alcohol concentration levels.…

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Drunk Driving on the Decline, Drugged Driving on the Rise

 
Let’s start with the good news. It appears as though our country may be finally pulling ahead in our decades-long battle against drunk driving.
 
According to research from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration in 2014, the average rate of drivers on the road with alcohol in their system has declined nearly a third since 2007, and by more than three-quarters since their first survey in 1973.
 
But MADD probably shouldn’t start jumping up and cheering quite yet. Why? Because the very same 2014 survey also discovered a huge spike in the number of drivers who are operating under the influence of marijuana and other illegal drugs.…

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