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January 2017 Archives

How a Breathalyzer result might be inaccurate

Florida motorists who take a Breathalyzer test after being pulled over might think that the results of the test will be dispositive. However, those whose Breathalyzer tests show that they are not over the legal alcohol limit might still be convicted of drunk driving while others might fail but be acquitted.

What happens to your CDL license if you get a DUI?

While the consequences for driving under the influence are hefty for any driver, operators of commercial vehicles in Florida face stricter punishments than those of passenger cars. Since large trucks are so much bigger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, lawmakers want their drivers to be extra cautious to prevent accidents. In fact, CDL drivers are required to have a lower blood alcohol concentration level of 0.04 percent as compared to the 0.08 percent BAC that is acceptable for other motorists. Here are the commercial driver punishments that are affixed to various DUI offenses.

Obama commutes hundreds of drug sentences

Some Florida residents might be among the 330 whose drug sentences were commuted at the end of the Obama presidency. The commutations, made by Obama on his final full day in office, totaled more on one day that at any other time in history. In all, Obama commuted the sentences of 568 inmates serving a life sentence. During his presidency, his commutations reached an all-time historical high of 1,715. Obama had tried to get Congress to pass broader criminal justice reform, but he was not successful. The commutations were part of his overall effort, however.

Auto-brewery syndrome causes intoxication without drinking

Florida residents may recall a strange drunk driving case from late 2015 that involved a New York woman who had a blood alcohol level of .40 percent even though she had not consumed any alcohol. The charges against the woman were dismissed after it was revealed that she suffered from a rare medical condition called auto-brewery syndrome.

Florida man placed on administrative leave following DUI stop

A 61-year-old Florida man has been placed on administrative leave by the City of North Port following an alleged drunk driving incident on Jan. 6. The man, who holds a senior position with the city's Department of Neighborhood Development Services, was taken into custody after deputies with the Sarasota Sheriff's Office determined that he was driving while under the influence of alcohol. A City of North Port representative said that a decision about the man's future would be made after the case has been resolved.

Fewer people are driving drunk according to survey

According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, fewer people in Florida and in the rest of the nation are driving while they are drunk. The most recently available data comes from 2014 and shows that the self-reported drunk driving and drugged driving rates have fallen since 2002.