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Sobriety Check Points and July 4th

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Don’t let a sobriety checkpoint ruin your July Fourth fun

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The July 4th holiday celebrations almost always include spending time in the sun with family and friends often with alcohol and other celebratory items. Don’t let that fun get you caught at a sobriety checkpoint whether you are on the water or the road.

It is important to understand the kinds of charges you could face if you violate boating and road laws.

Speed Traffic Citations And Penalties in Florida

The easiest one is speeding, a quick refresher from your driver’s education courses: the giant white signs on the side of the road indicate the maximum speed and anything over could result in a moving violation. 

Driving Under The Influence Laws And Penalties in Florida

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is not limited to alcoholic beverages, it includes chemical substances and controlled substances and anything that impairs normal faculties.

The blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above could result in a fine of $500 to $1,000 for the first offense. If you have a higher alcohol level than .15 you could be facing between $1,000 and $2,000 for a first offense. First-time offenders are typically charged with a misdemeanor but if the DUI resulted in injury or death to another person penalties can include jail time, fines, license suspension, impoundment, and mandatory counseling.

Boating Under The Influence Laws And Penalties in Florida

Boating under the influence (BUI) is very similar to DUI only on a boat. Just like on the road, Florida law prohibits operating a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In this case, a vessel is defined as all “watercraft, barge, and airboat, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.” Think of this as boating under the influence or a DUI on a boat. The penalties for drunk boating offenses depend on several factors, including whether the offender was driving a boat, had someone under the age of 18 in the boat, were involved in an accident or death. First-time boating under the influence offenses are second-degree misdemeanors. BUI penalties and BUI fines range between $500 to $1,000 and a maximum of six months in jail. If convicted of BUI charges, judges are required to sentence first offenders to probation. Boating under the influence penalties for second and third offenses are more severe. 

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