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Drunk driver kills one, leaves scene, in Florida crash

If a person can walk away from the scene of an accident after being involved in a car crash with a drunk driver, they can count themselves very fortunate. Drunk driving accidents are often very serious, as a drunk person is not in control of their mental faculties, certainly cannot drive safely and often do not even know they were responsible for a crash. Unfortunately, many people involved in drunk driving accidents are not so lucky, as one recent incident in Florida demonstrates.

Texting while driving is only a 'secondary' violation in Florida

When a person is behind the wheel of a car, they may hear a familiar "ding" or vibration in their pocket indicating that they got a text message on their cellphone. It is all too tempting to check that message and respond right away, but, as more people in Florida are becoming aware of the dangers of distracted driving, they may wait until they are through driving before addressing that text message. Unfortunately, there are always those who think they can multitask and text while driving. This can lead to accidents that cause injuries or even fatalities.

Alcohol can disrupt brain functions involving coordination

Summertime is a time when people in Florida get together for celebrations, whether they are an informal event, such as a family barbecue, or a formal event, such as a wedding. When alcohol is served at these events, as is often the case, most people of legal drinking age may not think twice about having a drink or two. However, some people will use these events as an excuse to become intoxicated. This situation is made all the more serious if these intoxicated drivers cause a drunk driving accident that injures or kills another person.

How does being intoxicated affect one's driving abilities?

This past Fourth of July meant fireworks and parties as people in St. Augustine and across the United States celebrated our nation's independence. Many of these celebrations, whether they are at the beach or at a block party, included alcohol as part of the festivities. While most people drink responsibly, there are always those who will want to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking too much, which can be a very dangerous activity.

What is negligence in a car accident?

Any St Augustine resident who has been involved in a car accident understands the traumatic experience it can be. The adrenaline that shoots through the bloodstream during the event can leave one feeling absolutely drained afterwards, and that's disregarding any actual injuries suffered in the crash. Attempting to make sense of it is difficult, especially if serious injuries resulted. The question of "why me" can be even more pronounced if the accident was caused by someone else's negligence.

Can a bar or liquor store be held accountable for a DUI crash?

Drunk driving accidents are often devastating. Because drunk drivers have slowed reflexes and impaired risk-assessment and decision-making skills, the crashes they cause happen at high speeds and may be head-on collisions.

Study: Mandatory ignition interlocks do reduce fatal crash rate

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Public Health have found that the rate of fatal motor vehicle crashes has dropped in states with mandatory ignition interlock laws. Twenty-six U.S. states have these laws, which require every driver convicted of DUI to install and maintain a device on their vehicle which won't allow it to start unless the driver is sober. In the other 24 states, only some DUI convictions require the interlock.

Effectiveness of Florida's texting and driving law questioned

Texting and driving in Florida has been a violation of state law since 2013. 2,061 citations were issued related to texting and driving in the state as of January 2015. What some in the state have called an effective way to save lives, others have criticized as a toothless law.

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