The Tampa Bay Times reported a 38-year-old Land O’Lakes driver was arrested on Sept. 17 for driving under the influence and child neglect after causing a car accident. The Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of a crash on State Road 54 and Knight Road in Land O’Lakes and reportedly found a motorist and his four-year-old son.
The FHP said the driver failed a field sobriety test before police found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. The motorist’s son was in the car at the time of the accident, but luckily, he received no injuries. The child’s mother came and got him immediately following the crash.
The motorist was released from jail, but could be charged with child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and DUI property damage.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 226 U.S. children were killed by drunk drivers in 2011. Of the children killed, sixty-two percent were riding with the drunk driver at the time of the crash.
Fatal drunk driving accidents are absolutely preventable. Drunk drivers know the deadly possibilities of driving while under the influence, but they choose to ignore them until it is often too late. Impaired drivers put every other person on the road at risk of being severely injured or killed, including passengers in their car. Driving drunk is a crime in Florida. It is unimaginable that anyone would consider driving under the influence of alcohol with a child passenger in the car.
Land O’Lakes DUI accident victim attorney Jim Dodson has been representing the victims and survivors of DUI-related crashes for over two decades. Jim is committed to holding intoxicated and impaired drivers financially responsible for the physical and emotional pain and suffering they cause innocent people. He is Chairman of the MADD Pinellas County Advisory Board and has recently published the Florida DUI Crash Victim Guide. For Jim’s help understanding your rights after a Pasco County drunk driving accident, call him at 727-446-0840. There is no obligation or fee incurred for getting answers to your questions.