Holiday Driving Arrests and Citations in Florida

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol are out in force over the holidays. Even though there are less officers on the street because they are on vacation, the police that are working focus their efforts on monitoring traffic.

Over this past Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida Highway Patrol handed out 12,000 traffic tickets, about 5,000 of which were for exceeding the speed limit. About 1,400 were cited for not wearing a seat belt.

As far as DUI’s in Florida over Thanksgiving, FHP made around 120 DUI arrests. In general, Troopers are usually more accustomed to issuing traffic tickets and writing accident reports than conducting DUI investigations. DUI reports are supposed to be very specific about the facts surrounding the arrest. The reports should include:

Information about why the car was pulled over
Observations of the officer upon making contact with the subject. (such as the conditions of the eyes, any odor of alcohol, speech, walking and standing pattern)

Details on Field Sobriety Exercises
Details about Breath Test
If you are arrested for DUI, it is important to consult with an experienced DUI Attorney in Jacksonville before you enter a plea to any crime.