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Impaired driving is defined as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or legal (prescription and over-the-counter) and/or illegal drugs. In Florida, impaired driving is involved in about one-quarter of all motor vehicle deaths. It is a complex social issue that involves all areas of the criminal justice, health care, and education systems.
To review the complete statutory language, please refer to section 316.193, Florida Statutes, or visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) Florida DUI and Administrative Suspension Laws page for more information.
For information on the State of Florida’s other DUI programs visit the DHSMV’s DUI and Ignition Interlock Device (IID) website.
Florida’s Impaired Driving Program supports a variety of strategies that target individuals driving impaired. FDOT grant funds are used for purchasing driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement activities and equipment, providing awareness and education campaigns, conducting proactive youth-focused DUI education and outreach, and specialized education for law enforcement and prosecution to increase effective DUI adjudication.
FDOT provides subgrant funding to local law enforcement agencies, local community organizations, and other agencies who are committed to driving down the number of impaired driving fatalities. FDOT subgrant funds are awarded in support of the following strategies:
Improving DUI enforcement
Improving prosecution and adjudication of impaired driving cases
Improving the DUI administrative suspension process
Improving prevention, public education, and training
Improving the treatment system (i.e., DUI programs, treatment providers, and health care providers)
Improving data collection and analysis
Florida Impaired Driving Coalition
For more information on FDOT grant funding please visit the FDOT State Safety Office Subgrant’s website: http://www.fdot.gov/safety/3-Grants/Grants-Home.shtm
The Florida Impaired Driving Coalition (FIDC) was formed to identify and prioritize the State’s most pressing impaired driving issues, review proven strategies that can effectively impact these issues, develop and oversee a strategic plan that will guide implementation of programs, policy, and funding strategies to maximize the State’s ability to reduce impaired driving crashes, fatalities, and injuries.
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For more information contact Ernie Bradley @ (850) 414-4116
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