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Drunk drivers include binge drinkers

Bradenton is not the quiet, sleepy town it once was. Today, there are more residents, more tourists, more college students and much more traffic on our roads. That means motorists must be more vigilant because not everyone should be behind the wheel. Even with all the ads we see and statistics we read about, drunk drivers are still a problem, and binge drinkers are among them. Are you one of them?

If you are a teen or college student, you are part of a large group of people who enjoy binge drinking, which is defined as consuming five or more drinks for men or four or more for women. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism adds that this is a pattern of drinking over a period of about two hours that brings the individual's blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 percent or higher.

Hitting the road

You might think there is nothing wrong with binge drinking since it is not done every day; you might only indulge on a Saturday night with like-minded friends. At some point, however, you will have to leave the party and go home, and unless you appoint a designated driver who is sober or call a cab, you will probably attempt to drive yourself. This is a decision that puts you at risk of an accident, along with anyone who happens to be on the road with you, or at least a DUI charge.

Facing a drunk driving charge

As an underage driver in the state of Florida, you can be accused of driving under the influence if your blood alcohol level is 0.2 percent or higher. For a first offense, your license would be suspended for six months, but since Florida has a "wet reckless" statute, it might be possible to get your DUI reduced to a reckless driving charge. You would have to be evaluated for substance abuse, and penalties might include enrollment in a substance abuse program. 

The bottom line is that you will require legal assistance if your preference for binge drinking has steered you into trouble with the law. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney experienced in representing people just like you who have been charged with DUI.

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