As this holiday season approaches, many will plan gatherings of friends and family for celebrations and giving of thanks. Within the homes, houses, and gathering places, friends and family will share stories and spirits alike. At evening’s end, full of Turkey both cooked and Wild, Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and family friends will be embarking on their journey home. Often times, it is a perfect opportunity for sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and little cousins to earn their keep as a designated driver. Be wary the young ones though, as even a courtesy sip of the eggnog or the holiday spirits could land them in jail…
FLORIDA ZERO TOLERANCE UNDER 21
In fact, although only illegal if .02 or over, an officer can “detain” for further testing the driver (under 21) of any vehicle if he believes the young driver has ANY breath alcohol. In Jacksonville, further testing of breath alcohol only occurs within the Duval County Jail.
When Officer Elf eventually comes to sit on the passenger door shelf, be mindful that your holiday charity may have been illegal as well. Although likely known, remember that it is also illegal to provide alcohol to persons under 21. AND, know that the license suspension you sought to avoid by enlisting your nephew to drive you, is a possible penalty for giving your nephew a sip of your bourbon hours earlier. Section 562.11(1)(a)2, Florida Statutes, allows the court to suspend or revoke YOUR license for 3 to 6 months.
Cheers to a Happy Holiday Season!!