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Drunk Driving Archives

Drunk driving declines while marijuana influence rises

While there may be more drivers in Florida and across the country testing positive for marijuana, fewer drivers are showing signs of alcohol intoxication, according to a national driver survey. The 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol & Drug Use by Drivers shows that the percentage of drivers under the influence of alcohol has declined 77 percent in the 41 years between 1973 and 2014.

Derek Fisher faces multiple charges

Florida residents who follow the NBA may have heard about Derek Fisher's recent legal trouble. He was charged with two counts of DUI stemming from a motor vehicle accident that took place in California in early June 2017. The accident occurred while Fisher was driving his 2015 Cadillac on Route 101 in the Sherman Oaks portion of Los Angeles.

Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty to DUI charge in Florida

According to Palm Beach County records, former NFL star Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge on June 18. The charge was related to a September 2016 accident that involved him sideswiping a motorhome and hitting a police vehicle after trying to change lanes. Separate breath tests showed that Taylor had a blood alcohol content of 0.082 and 0.084 percent. Florida law says that anyone with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is legally impaired.

Mandatory ignition interlock devices and traffic safety

Florida is not one of the states that has a mandatory requirement for an ignition interlock device if a person is convicted of drunk driving. However, a study that appeared in the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine" found that mandatory ignition interlock laws reduced alcohol-related traffic fatalities. As of March 2016, there were 26 states with mandatory laws. Others only require them on second offenses, if the BAC is above a certain level or at the discretion of the judge.

The rise in driving under the influence of drugs

Florida is seeing an increase in the use of methamphetamine and heroin, and more Florida drivers may be under the influence of drugs than in previous years. In a number of states, law enforcement has reported an increase in opioid addiction and overdoses including overdoses while behind the wheel. Heroin is a growing problems in some communities as well. Since a drug like heroin requires regular doses in order to avoid withdrawal, a driver might use it while still in the car.

DUI convictions may carry heavier penalties in the future

The Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that would require people convicted of a first time drunk driving offense to have an ignition interlock device installed in their automobile. Ignition interlock devices prevent a vehicle from starting until the driver has breathed into the device and the device has determined that the person's blood-alcohol concentration is under the legal limit.

Man who needed something to drive takes forklift from marina

Authorities say that a man is facing a number of criminal charges in Florida following an incident involving a forklift that occurred on March 9. According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the man allegedly stole a forklift from a marina in Marathon because he could not find his keys and needed something to drive. At the site, the eyewitness who had called the sheriff's office told the responding officer that he had observed the forklift heading in the direction of the Sandal Factory on Ocean Terrance.

Colts player charged with DUI

Florida NFL fans may have heard that David Parry, a member of the Indianapolis Colts, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, criminal damage, suspicion of robbery and auto theft after an incident that occurred on Feb. 25. According to the police report, a man with a golf cart gave Parry and two other men a ride. When the two other men got off the golf cart, Parry allegedly hit the driver in the head and stole the cart. He then crashed into a gate.

Michael Floyd sentenced for his DUI conviction

Florida NFL fans likely remember when Michael Floyd, the former wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, was charged with a DUI last fall after the Cardinals lost to the Miami Dolphins. Floyd entered a guilty plea to the DUI charge and was sentenced to 120 days, with 24 days to be spent in jail and 96 days to be served on home arrest.