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Drunk Driving Archives

Late night fast food stop leads to charges for country star

A Florida McDonald's was the scene of a minor car accident on Dec. 20 that led to criminal charges for country singer Michael Ray. The charges of DUI and drug possession came after Ray rear-ended a car that was in front of him at the restaurant's drive-thru.

Holiday safety campaign illuminates risks of drunk driving

Drivers whose holiday plans include travel on roadways in Florida and other states may want to heed the message of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's seasonal safety campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. According to an NHTSA deputy administrator, law enforcement officials will be on patrol across the country over the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday weekends in an effort to protect motorists from intoxicated drivers.

Florida man charged with drunk driving and child neglect

A 37-year-old Florida man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and child neglect after allegedly driving more than 100 mph while intoxicated, and with his three children in the car. After being taken into custody and booked, the man was taken to a detention facility in Pinellas County. His bond has been set at $10,500, according to media reports.

Tiger Woods prepares to enter DUI diversion program

On Oct. 24, it was reported that Tiger Woods was preparing to enter a diversion program in Florida designed for those accused of driving while intoxicated by intending to plead guilty in court on Oct. 27. According to authorities, the program that the 41-year-old pro golfer was scheduled to attend had less than 1 percent of participants reoffend after completing it.

Preliminary motions in Florida DUI cases

In Florida, driving under the influence is a situation that must be handled at the administrative and judicial levels. The penalties, punishment and proceedings related to driving while intoxicated are outlined in Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes, which happens to be very lengthy and intricate. When drunk driving charges are filed against a driver, the case will not be handled as a traffic citation. It will conform to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure and the procedures outlined by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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.