The secret is out, Florida’s beautiful beaches and tourist destinations are experiences not to be missed. They attract millions of tourists each year that are looking for excitement, memory-making, and relaxation away from everyday life. However, along with that comes the responsibility to drive sober, and undistracted. As more drivers hit Florida’s roads, the decision to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol remains a serious problem.

Not only does impaired driving put everyone on the road in danger, it can also have serious legal and monetary consequences. Penalties for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can include costly fines, license revocation, jail time, and convictions can stay on your record for 75 years.

Drugs and alcohol have real effects on your body. Driving under the influence inhibits your ability to drive safely. Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications can cause impairment. Driving impaired puts you and everyone else on the road in danger. As the Florida Highway Patrol says, impairment is no illusion, never drive impaired!

The Florida Highway Patrol and law enforcement officers statewide are trained to spot the signs of impaired driving. They are constantly monitoring roadways to keep everyone safe on the Florida roads, but it is also every driver’s responsibility to do their part. If you have consumed any alcohol or drugs, you need to ask yourself, “Am I okay to drive?”

Remember, a person’s judgment is the first thing affected after drinking an alcoholic beverage; impairment begins with the first drink.

Under the influence of alcohol and drugs, drivers can experience:

  • A slowed reaction time
  • Limited short-term memory functions
  • Decreased hand-eye coordination
  • Weakened concentration
  • Difficulty perceiving time and distance

When you are under the influence, do not get behind the wheel. Consequences of driving impaired include, but are not limited to:

  • Hurting yourself
  • Hurting others on the road
  • Getting arrested for DUI, which includes expensive fines, license revocation and jail time
  • Always be safe and accountable behind the wheel.

Draper Law Office has been serving the Central Florida community since 1984. As we move through Spring and into our Summer months, we encourage everyone to plan ahead. Enjoy Florida’s fun, but be mindful, responsible, and safe. Make memories with friends and family, and stay alive and well. And remember, have a talk with your family members, and remind them that driving comes with great responsibility, for themselves, and for others!

If you’re in need of experienced, caring, and hard-working legal assistance, Draper Law, specializing in Personal Injury and Family Law, can help! In times of need, call  407.846.0075.