A Florida lawmaker is generating attention for his new approach to tackling the issue of first-time DUI offenders. He has recently filed a bill (SB 1396) which seeks the creation of a “diversion” program to deal with those drivers that are caught driving under the influence.
The diversion program would extend for a year. Once it’s complete, a judge would withhold adjudication on charges involving driving under the influence. In other words, no formal conviction would be necessary and it would also save thousands for offenders.
Eligible drivers for the program would be those that have not been involved in a crash, did not have a passenger who is/was a minor, and with a level of 0.20 or lower blood alcohol. If the driver consents to participate in the program, they will not face driver’s license suspension. Nonetheless, they would have to plead guilty to a reckless driving charge, conduct community service, and have to have a device in their car that will prohibit them from starting if it detects alcohol when a driver breathes into the device.
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