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Don’t Risk a DUI, Use Ridesharing

unnamedWith plenty of people celebrating the Fourth of July next week, there will be many drivers on the road, including drunk ones, unfortunately. If you’re planning on drinking and don’t think you’ll have a designated driver available to help you get safely home, consider a ridesharing app such as Uber or Lyft so that you arrive home without risking a DUI or something worse.

If you are planning on ridesharing, there are certain rules of etiquette you should follow to make the trip more pleasant for you as well as the Uber or Lyft driver. For starters, don’t call for the ride until you’re ready. Making the driver wait is rude, and if you’re living in an area that may be hard to find, have the courtesy to text them.

Most, if not all Uber and Lyft drivers use their own vehicles to drive passengers around. Be courteous and clean up after yourself. If you eat something, don’t leave crumbs or a bottle behind. If you feel the driver did a good job or was especially courteous, Uber recently began rolling out tipping. Either consider leaving a tip or at the very least give the driver a good star rating for helping you get safely home.

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Raining? Don’t Use Your Hazard Lights

elHazardSouth Florida’s rainy season is kicking off soon and that means you may start to see a rather annoying occurrence on the roads: drivers using their hazard lights. In case you didn’t already know, driving with these hazard lights on is considered illegal in Florida, even if it’s raining. Numerous drivers still fail to understand this, thinking that these lights need to be on during a heavy downpour.

Keep this in mind: you’re not doing fellow drivers any favors by driving with your hazard lights on. During a heavy storm, this may actually confuse others by making them think your vehicle is stopped or stalled. Speaking of, it is only when you are, in fact, stopped or stalled or are in an emergency situation that your hazard lights should be on. The only time you can legally drive with the hazard lights on is if you’re part of a funeral procession.

While you may have good intentions by turning on your hazard lights, don’t do it. Not only are you risking the possibility of receiving a ticket for doing something illegal, you’re also unintentionally confusing other drivers and making the roads more dangerous.

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Florida Seeks to Seriously Crack Down on DUI

downwithDUIThe Florida Legislature is hard at work evaluating a bill aimed at those who have been convicted of a DUI. The bill would require the installation of a device that would prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol. Those championing the law say the bill would save numerous lives, and no one seems to be disputing that.

Current Florida law requires repeat DUI offenders or drivers with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more to use ignition interlock devices. These devices prevent the vehicle from starting up if it detects anything above .025 when a driver blows in it. That number is just less than one-third of the current .08 legal limit.

Crashes and fatalities related to drunk driving have reached an epidemic level in Florida. Driving fatalities caused by driving under the influence increased by nearly fifteen percent between 2014 to 2015 compared to just over three percent nationally.

Should the proposed legislation pass all of the hurdles in Tallahassee, first time offenders would be required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicle for a minimum of six months. Florida would join more than twenty states around the country that have already taken similar steps to fight the DUI epidemic.

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Be Aware of Florida’s Laws with #JustAdulting

justadultingJust time for the arrival of spring break, a new app by The Florida Bar aimed at today’s tech-savvy teenagers and young adults has launched to better assist them with tackling real-life experiences. Called #JustAdulting, the app includes vital information on things like fake IDs, the importance of maintaining good credit, drinking and driving, texting, and plenty of additional topics. There is also a useful section on what to do when encountering police.

The #JustAdulting app is aimed at people who are turning eighteen, informing them of all the legal ramifications and responsibilities they must understand and adhere to as they embark upon adulthood. The app also includes information on the consequences should they break the law. For example, driving under the influence (DUI) carries hefty first offense penalties, including the possibility of up to six months in jail, a $2,000 fine plus court costs, over forty hours of community service, losing your license, and more.

Anyone interested in checking out the #JustAdulting app can download it for free on the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. While it may be geared toward young adults, it’s worth checking out in case you need a refresher on Florida’s laws.

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Millennials Are Among the Riskiest Drivers

373281637Millennials may be the future, but if a recent report is to be believed, they’re also unsafe drivers. This report by the American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests millennials exhibit far riskier behavior than any other age group.

According to the AAA report surveying just over 2,500 drivers, more than eighty percent of millennials admitted to engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel during a thirty day period. This behavior included running a red light, speeding, or using their mobile phone while driving. This report follows another one released by the National Safety Council showing traffic fatalities increased by more than five percent last year compared to 2015.

It’s long been proven that talking on the phone or attempting to text while driving can significantly distract a driver. Once other factors such as speeding or rolling through stop signs are thrown into the equation, there is indeed a greater risk of traffic accidents or worse, fatalities. Drivers between the ages of 19 to 24 were more likely to drive ten miles over the speed limit as well as run a red light.

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Understanding a DUI

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of many crimes that can lead to serious charges, including heavy fines or even a prison sentence depending on the severity.  Obviously you should never drive while intoxicated under any circumstance, but if you find yourself pulled over, you should be aware that you have certain rights and steps you may decide to take.

If you get stopped for a DUI, you will more than likely be asked to submit to a blood alcohol test.  Many people may not know it but, depending on the situation you may have the option to refuse to take the test.  Keep in mind that even if you choose to refuse, there is still a chance you can be convicted even if the test is not performed.  Refusing to take the test can also lead to consequences such as losing your license for a period.

Again there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to drive intoxicated in the first place.  You’re risking your life and possibly that of someone else.  This is only to inform you of what options you may have available to you.  Always drive sober or ask a friend or family to drive you wherever you need to go before getting behind the wheel.

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