No Floridian needs to be reminded that spring break is upon us. Thousands of young people from all over the country are beginning to descend upon our beaches. Of course, alcohol, and copious amounts of it, have become part of the spring break ritual.
Those of us who live here, particularly in South Florida, and drive the roadways regularly have to be extra vigilant about young people who are unfamiliar with the area and, on top of things, may be driving under the influence.
Since 2012, March has seen more DUI citations than any other month. In March of last year, at least 400 accidents in Florida involved drivers who were found to be above the legal blood alcohol content.
Therefore, Florida law enforcement agencies are out in force now to monitor the roads for drunk drivers. There are a number of enforcement initiatives aimed at apprehending those who get behind the wheel while impaired. The Florida Highway Patrol is asking people to "enjoy your time in Florida, but celebrate responsibly and think twice before you drink and drive."
Establishments that sell alcohol also have a responsibility not to serve it to those who are under the state's legal drinking age. According to the law, an establishment that "furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person."
If you are involved in a car accident with a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be able to hold other people or entities liable in addition to the driver. A Florida attorney can provide you with advice and guidance.
Source: Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, "DHSMV Reminds Motorists Not to Drink and Drive This Spring Break," March 01, 2016