Florida highway patrol launches annual DUI crackdown

The Florida Highway Patrol’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to crack down on DUI is in effect and scheduled to continue through New Year’s Day.

Cops are always on the lookout for drunk drivers, as they should be, but this campaign represents a significant increase in those efforts. In a news release, the FHP said that both auxiliary troopers and those normally assigned to administrative duties will be contributing to patrol efforts.

The best course of action is always to refrain from driving if you have had anything to drink. Plan ahead so that you do not find yourself weighing your transportation options after drinking. In reality, people can, and do, consume alcohol in moderation and drive responsibly, but this does not always mean they do not get in trouble.

If you are pulled over and asked to perform field sobriety exercises, I recommend you comply. You can read why, and learn about the tests, here. On the other hand, if you are asked to provide a blood, breath, or urine sample, I recommend refusing the request. You can read more about that here. Please also see my page on general DUI information and penalties here.

Finally, do not make the mistake of thinking that you do not need an attorney if charged with DUI. No one but you and your attorney has your interests at heart – the State’s job is to see that you are punished for your alleged crimes. Please, put my contact information into your phone so that if you ever find yourself in legal trouble, you know who to call.

Happy holidays, and please, indulge responsibly and drive safely!

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