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Florida Traffic Alcohol Laws

Florida traffic alcohol laws are in place to reduce drunk driving. Some of these laws include:

Florida Traffic Alcohol Laws: Alcohol and Driving Under the Influence

A driver must not drive after drinking an alcoholic drink or taking in any substance which could cause intoxication. It is an offense in Florida to drive a vehicle under the influence of any substance that causes the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be 0.08% or higher.  

Florida Traffic Alcohol Laws: Alcohol and Minors

A driver under the age of twenty one (21) must not drive a vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.02% or higher. Driving with such a blood alcohol concentration is an offense in the state of Florida.

Florida Traffic Alcohol Laws: Dram Shop Law

The Dram Shop Law gives part blame and/or responsibility to the following:

  • Private social hosts,
  • Hotels,
  • Nightclubs,
  • And other commercial businesses that serve alcohol to people who buy from them.

Therefore these businesses share responsibility if a customer and/or minor is involved in a car accident. This is if the client or minor involved in the accident was sold alcohol by them and causes injuries as a result of being intoxicated to third parties.

Florida Traffic Alcohol Laws: Open Alcohol Container Law

This law applies to both the driver and passengers in a vehicle. The driver and passenger must not have an opened container of an alcoholic drink. They also must not drink or eat anything that could result in an impaired state while travelling in Florida.

An open container of alcohol can only be transported in a car under the following conditions of it being located in:

  • A locked trunk
  • Locked glove compartment
  • The area behind the last seat for cars without a trunk.

 As a result, all these laws serve to protect drivers, passengers and other road users due to the dangers of drunk driving. If you are involved in a car accident and have a personal injury claim find a law office with experienced, renowned professionals.

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