The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is giving a friendly neighborhood reminder to people who will be celebrating spring break in Florida this March that they should refrain from operating motor vehicles when they are intoxicated or even if they had just a little pinch of alcohol, just for good measure.
DHSMV officials say that it is important to be safe amid all the partying and the fun times, so that said partying and fun times can still be repeated next year and the next. They, in cooperation with state law enforcement agencies, will stringently enforce drinking age laws and work double time to keep impaired drivers from operating vehicles on the roads.
To better facilitate these goals, Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Ken Lawson said they will check if establishments that serve alcohol will comply with the directive of not serving alcohol to minors, noting, “We are committed to ensuring that alcohol stays out of the hands of individuals under the legal drinking age and that Florida establishments remain in compliance with the Florida Beverage Law during spring break.”
According to preliminary data, there had been 32,000 vehicular accidents all across Florida in March 2015, with at least 400 drivers who were found out to have ingested alcohol beyond the legal limit, thus resulting in accidents that caused 230 injuries and over 35 deaths.
March had the biggest number of driving under the influence citations as compared with other months of the year since 2012.
Will Seccombe, president and chief executive officer of VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism planning source, the state is home to 20 million residents and around 1.8 million visitors each year.
Attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. say that alcohol-drinking impairs some of the skills that a person needs to possess in order to practice safe driving, such as concentration, comprehension, reaction time, among others.