Sobriety checkpoints are common all across the state of Florida, including Fort Walton Beach. You never know when you might come across one. There are times when local law enforcement agencies will advertise DUI checkpoints in an effort to simply deter drunk driving. Then, there are times when you are driving and are directed into a checkpoint unknowingly. Either way, here's what you can expect if you come across a DUI checkpoint.
Engineers from the University of California-San Diego have designed a wearable skin patch sensor that can help drivers understand how much alcohol is flowing through their bloodstreams. Researchers hope that the new technology will prevent drunk driving by informing motorists about when it's safe for them to drive.
When it comes to drunk driving offenses, anything is possible. In fact, even horse and buggy drivers can get charged with a drunk driving crime. This is exactly what happened in Minnesota to a 17-year-old Amish boy after police engaged in a not-very-high-speed chase to pull him over.
Police officers never know for certain whether drivers are drunk simply by looking at them. This is why they have to perform detailed field sobriety tests, blood and urine analyses and Breathalyzer tests to know for sure.
Fighting your DUI charges means that you will be revealing the flaws in the prosecution's depiction of the facts. The defense strategies you choose will depend on the variety of factors that led to the police officer's decision to pull you over, the results of your field sobriety and Breathalyzer test and other pieces of evidence.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, they recently arrested a man for drunk driving after a fatal crash that led to the serious injury of three children. The accident happened on Interstate 75 on a recent Wednesday evening in Hillsborough County.
Most people who get arrested and charged with a DUI don't consider themselves very lucky, but in a recent Florida case, a DUI arrest saved a woman's life. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a trooper pulled over to check on a car that was off the side of the road when he found an unconscious woman inside.
A Florida woman who was arrested for allegedly riding her horse while intoxicated is in danger of losing her horse, "Bo Duke." According to police, the woman -- who was taken into custody in early November 2017 -- was accused of riding her horse with a blood alcohol level of between .157 and .161 percent.
Imagine that a police officer pulls you over and accuses you of drunk driving. In spite of telling the officer you haven't had a drop of alcohol, he demands that you get out of your vehicle to perform a few tests. To your surprise, you fail your field sobriety tests, and your Breathalyzer test results in a .37 percent blood alcohol content.
It's not uncommon for police to make mistakes when they arrest someone for drunk driving charge in Florida. After all, law enforcement officers are human, and humans are prone to making errors. In addition, police don't always have all of the facts regarding the situation right away. They can make improper assumptions based on the facts at hand. This can lead to arresting the wrong person for driving under the influence.