Notable Florida DUI News
Broward DUI attorney William Moore keeps a close eye out for judicial and law enforcement trends and news related to driving under the influence (DUI). Recently, a five-year-old took the wheel after her father reportedly passed out while driving. According to the Florida Times-Union, the young girl, who is a resident of Jackonsville, was riding as a passenger in the a 2010 Chevy Camaro. Her father reportedly lost consciousness, which law enforcement officials believe was tied to his consumption of prescription medication, reports Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer William Moore.
When her father became unable to operate the motor vehicle, the girl grabbed the wheel, steering it off the road. Another motorist was forced to swerve to avoid hitting the car, which eventually came to a stop. The passing driver stopped and rushed to the other vehicle, where she found the girl and her father locked in the car. After motioning for her to unlock the door, the five-year-old girl did so. The girl had suffered minor injuries and was bleeding from her lip. When law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, the driver was reportedly unresponsive and staring at the vehicle’s ceiling. He was arrested and the law enforcement agency believes he had been taking the prescription anti-anxiety medication Xanax as well as prescription painkillers.
Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore states that also of note is a recent decision by the district attorney, as prosecutors are known in California, in Santa Clara to review breathalyzer results due to the possibility of inaccuracy. This is a precedent that could have a far-reaching impact throughout the country, as more and more people question the legitimacy of a machine used to convict defendants of DUI — in Florida, where the company will not release the source code that demonstrates how the machine operates and reaches its conclusions, there are tremendous unanswered questions. Keeping abreast of new information in the world of DUI law is important.