Florida's DUI Offenders Could Face Daily Breath Tests

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If you've collected two or more DUIs in Florida, a judge can force you to install an interlock device in your car. The device requires you to blow into it before you can start your car. If it detects alcohol on your breath then it prevents your car from starting.

Well, the makers of the devices tried to change Florida law this year so the devices could be placed on the cars of first-time offenders. The plan sort of backfired for the vendors. Instead, the Florida legislature is in the process of approving a bill that would require some DUI offenders to submit to a 24/7 alcohol abstinence program instead of installing the devices.

Similar programs, dubbed "24/7 sobriety" in other states, require multiple offenders to submit to twice daily breath tests, random urinalysis, or to wear an alcohol monitor anklet. Remember that one Lindsay Lohan had on for a while? Yeah, like that.

Under the proposal, adopted by a House committee last week, judges would be able to order DUI offenders into the 24/7 sobriety programs instead of installing interlock devices.

According to the New Service of Florida, supporters say that 24/7 sobriety programs have shown greater effectiveness not only in reducing drunk driving, but other types of booze-fueled crime too like domestic violence.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles would like to see about half of DUI offenders placed in the sobriety programs and the other half relying on interlock devices for a period of five years to see which is better.

The FDHSMV however opposes sentencing first-time offenders to either program and claims that most first-time offenders do not repeat. However, the bill as written now could still apply to first-time offenders.

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Jon Achaval
Jon Achaval

What a f$&@ing racket. Pure and simple.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

this would never happen, anybody can get a DUI, even president george bush has a DUI, this sounds like a fake story

Barbara Guttman
Barbara Guttman

Wow.... So it's O.K. To get arrested for a roach in your ashtray.... And D.U.I's usually don't even get arrested after three offenses .... Or even ( just recently in FLA) a driver who has had a number of them , hit and killed a person in their bike lane..... So I guess the people who stand up for driving drunk., must do it often enough to be worried......I don't hear you complaining about the texting while driving law..... Just hire a friggin cab.... And drink to your hearts content.

Irene Delgadillo Costa
Irene Delgadillo Costa

Sayad... You want to be caged! What happens if you weren't intoxicated and the cop took you in for that? What happened to innocent till proven guilty?? Maybe you should be caged

Stefano Antonio Toscano
Stefano Antonio Toscano

Sayad Khan as your name might imply you are Islamic.If you are a Muslim, I respect your beliefs & its tenets, however not everyone that drinks is an alcoholic nor always "impaired", in this country once before they outlawed alcohol.... It was called Prohibition and it had wonderful results. This is a Draconian measure at best & another feeble money grab by the State. A DUI costs the defendant not just temporary suspension of their Driver's License; which is a privilege not a right, it costs the court costs, the mandatory alcohol counseling, the time lost from work and more, as well as a permanent Black Mark on their public record which could be cause for denying one employment merely based upon the assumption that a DUI means the individual is a habitual offender or alcoholic.... Think about the big picture instead of of your perhaps personal & biased myopic viewpoint. قد يكون الله معك

Stefano Antonio Toscano
Stefano Antonio Toscano

When do they start breath analyzing the Legislature before meetings and most especially after their lunches with the lobbyists????

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Good. that should teach these idiots around here to not drive while intoxicated.

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