Florida Drunk Driving Statistics
In Florida and in all 50 states, Florida drunk driving (also called driving under the influence – DUI), remains a threat to public safety and motorists everywhere. Each holiday season, particularly on New Year’s Eve, hundreds of police checkpoints are set up across Florida to deter DUI. Those who take their chances and decide to get behind the wheel after drinking face a high probability of being pulled over and arrested or, worse yet, involved in a deadly car crash.
DUI is a criminaloffense and local police expand their campaigns every year, especially during the holidays, to arrest drunk drivers. This year, Florida drivers are urged to enjoy the holidays responsibly and not to drive drunk. Those will plan on celebrating the New Year are encouraged to designate a driver, call a taxi, or make alternate transportation arrangements ahead of time.
14 Florida Drunk Driving Facts and Statistics
100 percent of DUI accidents are preventable, yet DUI remains a major cause of deadly automobile crashes across the state of Florida and the US:
- Across Florida, the vast majority of DUI-related fatalities occur on Friday or Saturday, with most accidents taking place between 3:00AM and 5:00AM.
- In 2010, DUI-related accidents were responsible for nearly 30% of Florida’s traffic fatalities
- In 2011, the Florida DMV recorded a total of 55,722 DUI arrests, of which 2,045 occurred in the Tampa Bay area
- In 2012, Tampa DUI arrests fell by over 100 cases down to 1,912. In 2012, Tampa had its lowest number of DUI arrests in 10 years (since 2002)
- In 2012, there were 697 traffic fatalities caused by drunk driving in the state of Florida
- In 2012, approximately 10,300 people died in the US due to accidents caused by drunk/impaired drivers
- According to MADD statistics, Florida had experienced 716 alcohol-related traffic fatalities as of October in 2013 – that number is estimated to have increased by at least 10 since then
- In Hillsborough County, Saturday night through early Sunday morning account for the highest percentage of DUI arrests each week over the course of any given 52-week period
- Almost every 90 seconds, somebody is injured in a DUI-related car accident
- Every day in the US, an average of 28 people die as a result of drunk driving accidents
- The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4%)
- At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for younger drivers than for older drivers
- Florida has recorded a total of 113,076 3-time DUI offenders and 11,681 5-time offenders as of 2012
- The legal BAC limit in Florida is 0.08% – The cost of a first offense DUI, including costs of legal defense, fines, and auto insurance increases, averages about $8,000 over a 3-year period.
Consequences of Florida Drunk Driving
If a driver is involved in a motor-vehicle accident, he/she is likely to be at fault if his/her BAC is above 0.08%. That driver can be held liable for the costs of any injuries that result from the accident. If a fatality occurs, that driver can be found liable in a potential wrongful death suit – in addition to any criminal fines, probation, and other penalties.
DUI causes nearly three times the level of deaths and serious than texting/ cell phone use. Overall, it costs Americans millions in injuries, prosecution costs, lawsuits, and lost productivity. However, campaigns such as MADD have cut the number of annual DUI fatalities down by nearly 50 percent since 1980.
DMV Florida – http://www.dmvflorida.org/florida-dui.shtm