Drunk Driving, DUI & Holidays

Intoxication During the Holidays

Did you know that the day before Thanksgiving kicks off the deadliest season for drunk driving? In fact, Thanksgiving Eve has been dubbed “Blackout Wednesday or Drinksgiving” by many national organizations.

Binge Drinking

49th Street Bail Bonds wants you to know that drinking and driving can extend beyond the immediate danger of killing somebody including yourself. Studies have shown there is typically a rise in both binge drinking and DUIs over the holiday season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “728 people will be injured or killed each day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in drunken driving accidents. This statistic is two to three times higher than the rest of the year.”

Convicted in Florida for Driving Under the Influence

Florida has very strict penalties and punishment for people who are convicted of driving under the influence. According to Florida Statutes 316.193, “a person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence and is subject to punishment if the person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state. The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substances or any substance controlled when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired.”

The blood alcohol limit for a DUI in Florida is .02% for a person under the age of 21, .08% for a person 21 or older, and .04% for commercial. If a person is arrested and charged with DUI he faces jail time, fines and penalties, license suspension, and an interlock ignition device if convicted. A 1st offense can include up to 6 months in jail, a fine of between $500.00 and $2,000.00, a license suspended for 180 days to a year. A 2nd offense ups the jail time to 9 months, fines and penalties from $1,000.00 to $4,000.00, and a license suspension of up to 5 years. A 3rd offense could result in 30 days to 5 years in jail, a fine and penalty of $2000.00 to $5,000.00, and a license suspension on up to 10 years. All drivers could have an interlock ignition device installed on their cars. If there is an injury or death involved due to driving under the influence, then the fines and penalties could increase.

49th Street Bail Bonds offers bail for clients facing many charges including driving under the influence, shoplifting, road rage, drug trafficking, and more. To start the bail bond process, please call 727-592-0000. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Our experienced and knowledgeable bail bond agents are ready to assist you during this trying time. Our bail bond agents can help you fill out paperwork, explain the bail bond process, and answer any questions that you may have regarding the criminal justice system. There is no need to go it alone, please call us today at 727-592-0000.

We have helped many clients across Pinellas County including those residing in or near Indian Rocks Beach, Bay Pines, St. Petersburg, South Tampa, the greater Tampa Bay area, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, and Madeira Beach. We are licensed to post bonds throughout Florida and across the United States with affiliated agencies.

We are here to help. Don’t go it alone, please call us today at 727-592-0000 to start the bail bond process.