Officials throughout the state of Florida will be on the hunt for underage drinkers through the entire month of March as safety advocates brace for the onslaught of spring break revelry, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
If you’re over the age of 21, you’re not off the hook either. Law enforcement agencies are going to be looking for of-age residents who are selling to or buying for minors. They will also be looking for drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The truth of the matter is that alcohol and drugs can ruin the party and can change lives forever.
Our Fort Lauderdale accident lawyers understand that spring break is a time to let loose, to party, and for many, to booze it up. Unfortunately, this is also a time when we see a significant increase in the number of drunk driving car accidents and alcohol-related crimes and injuries. We’re asking all Floridians and out-of-town guests to party responsibly.
“Underage drinking is dangerous, and whether you’re underage in possession of alcohol or selling alcohol to an underage person, the consequences will be serious,” said Ken Lawson, Secretary of the Department of Business and professional Regulation (DBPR).
Officials in the Sunshine State are asking residents to think twice. Keep alcohol out of the hands’ of minors and to always make sure you’ve got a safe and sober ride home if drinking is on your itinerary.
To help to keep you safe and to keep our young ones safe, review the following before kicking off your spring break festivities:
-Remember that the legal drinking age in the state of Florida is 21. Anyone who is under this age and is caught in possession of alcohol can and will be cited. You can also be slapped with a second-degree misdemeanor. This can wind up costing you a lot in court fees and fines and can stay on your record.
-It’s illegal to sell alcohol to anyone who is under the age of 21. If you’re busted, you face the risk of being charged with a misdemeanor.
-If you’re in a vehicle, whether you’re driving or you’re a passenger, you’re not allowed to have any open containers of alcohol. It doesn’t matter if the car is in motion or it’s stopped. It’s against the law.
-Always plan ahead. Make sure you have a sober way to get home before heading out. If you don’t plan on having a designated driver, make sure you have the phone number to a cab or you know the bus schedule.
-Take the keys. Never let an impaired friend drive.
-Keep an eye on your medications. Over-the-counter drugs and even prescription drugs can alter your ability to operate a motor vehicle.
-Use your cell phone to call *FHP (*347) if you think you’ve spotted an impaired driver on our roadways.