Wednesday, August 25, 2010

U. S. Department of Transportation Announces Nationwide Enforcement Crackdown on Drunk Driving Includes Florida

St. Petersburg Criminal Attorney and Former State Prosecutor Melinda Morris of the Morris Law Firm discusses the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation on a DUI Crackdown through Labor Day, and what you should know if you’ve been arrested for DUI.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a report that indicated at least 17 million people have driven drunk during the course of one year, or 8 percent of all drivers.  This data was used to underscore the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement of their nationwide enforcement crackdown on Drunk Driving that will run through Labor Day.

Why This Matters To You:

The U.S. DOT’s “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” campaign was kicked off today supported by a $13M advertising and awareness budget from the NHTSA.  The campaign also focuses on underage drinkers and emphasizes the zero tolerance policy for those under 21.

The NHTSA further specified that 20 percent of survey respondents reported driving within two hours of drinking alcohol.  It was also reported that younger drivers drink more – up to 6 beverages – before getting behind the wheel.

This data is being used by the U.S. DOT to rally State and local law enforcement to focus on catching those driving under the influence through Labor Day.

Driving Under the Influence is a serious issue and should be avoided at all costs.  That said, when nationwide crackdowns are in place, the wide net can often catch those with defensible cases.

What To Do Next:

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney before communicating and making statements to any law enforcement agencies or the State Attorney’s Office.  Contact the Morris Law Firm at (727) 388-4736 for a Free Initial Consultation.

The Morris Law Firm, St. Petersburg DUI Attorney, is focused on defending DUI offenders and St. Petersburg Zero Tolerance DUI Attorney can help those under 21 arrested for DUI.  Melinda Morris, managing partner of the Morris Law Firm is a former State Prosecutor and experienced criminal defense attorney.  The Morris Law Firm will fight for your rights and defend your case seeking to minimize any negative impact on you.  The Morris Law Firm can help and has specific knowledge and experience in DUI defense for clients throughout Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay, FL area (St. Petersburg, Tampa, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, and Polk).