The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that the average drunk driver has been drunk 80 times before his/her first arrest. Over a lifetime, one in three people will be involved in alcohol-related accidents according to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). 9,878 people died as the result of alcohol-related accidents in 2011.
NHTSA through its Drunk Driving National Enforcement Crackdown Campaign August 16 - September 2, 2013, is providing information and resources to fight drunk driving in our communities. This campaign is a joint effort of law enforcement and state and local safety advocates where they are asking for "high visibility" enforcement. They have found that "high visibility" enforcement reduces drunk driving fatalities by 20 percent.
July 1, 2013, 150 new laws went into effect in Florida, one of which has an impact on drivers who are charged with DUI. (Motor Vehicles-Rules and Regulations, 2013 Fla. Sess. Law Serv. Ch 2013-160 (C.S.C.S.H.B. 7125) (West). This law says that if drivers are arrested for DUI and refuse a breathalyzer test or who take the test and are over .08, they will receive an automatic driver's license suspension. The suspension starts immediately with the arresting officer's taking the driver's license at time of arrest.
"Driver license suspension happens after a driver is arrested for drunk driving. Taking action before this happens by having designated drivers and taking away the keys of those who could be impaired are essential in lowering DUI crashes," says Randall Spivey, Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney . "We see the devastation caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This is a major issue in our country, and DUI accidents are not 'accidents'. They are preventable. For more information and resources click on HurtByDrunkDriver.com ."
Hurt By Drunk Driver Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just 1 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.