Monday, August 31, 2015

DUI Arrest Contests are Back

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DUI Arrest Contests
Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) awarded the University of Florida Police Department with the “Outstanding Dedication to DUI Enforcement and Prevention - University/College Agency” award. Last year alone, UFPD made 97 DUI arrests. According to statistics, approximately 300,000 people drive impaired everyday. 

There are no statistics on how many of those arrested were later cleared of charges

An even more alarming number is nearly 30 people in the U.S. die everyday as a result of an impaired driver. Please do not drink and drive! However, if you have the unfortunate circumstance of being arrested for driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, please contact our office as soon as possible so we can begin working with you to arrive at a just result.

http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2015/08/mothers-against-drunk-driving-honors-uf-police-department.php

DUI Check Points are Back in Gainesville

After a several year hiatus, DUI check points are making there comeback in Gainesville. The last DUI Checkpoint in Gainesville was December 31, 2013. However, members of the Florida Highway Patrol, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department started back up again on June 26, 2015 with a DUI Checkpoint on Archer Road. According the Gainesville Police Department Facebook page, “The Checkpoint serves as an educational tool and reminder for those driving the roadways of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages.” 
Gainesville, FL
DUI Checkpoint

Please do not drink and drive, however, if you or someone you know has had the unfortunate experience of being arrested for driving under the influence, please contact the experienced attorneys at Michael P. Maddux, P.A. to assist you in navigating through both the Division of Motor Vehicle System as well as the Criminal Justice System. 

http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_af7d0104-bcb7-11e4-9bfa-ff59c21ce1d9.html
https://www.facebook.com/notes/gainesville-police-department/upcoming-roadside-safety-checkpoint-friday-june-26th/869234156446180

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Three Things Your Teacher Never Told You About Gasparilla 2015

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What Wikipedia
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From my high school days, I recall parking in outskirt communities and walking into the parade atmosphere.  If you do not live in the area, consider splitting a walkable hotel with friends. Gasparilla fun can be safe and arrest free. Be sure to be prepared to get to and from the festivities safely. 

Gasparilla 2015 Trip Planner


Traffic is horrible so get creative! Think chartered helicopter, designated driver horse and carriage, designated driver motor boat, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) , kayak, designated driver bicycle built-for-two, etc.  But whatever your transport, be good to yourself and others, by practicing safe choices.

First Tip


If walking is not an option, be sure to plan your safe ride in advance. Cabs will undoubtedly abound, but will require the foresight and restraint by you (and your pals) to set aside the cash to get from Point A to Point B. Local taxi phone numbers include:

Suburban Taxi (727) 260 8294, 
Go Taxi Florida (727) 386-6787, 
Metro Taxi (727) 412-2101, 
Yellow Cab (813) 253-0121, 
Cab Plus (813) 288-8888, and 
United Cab (813) 251-5555.

Second Tip


Uber and Lyft are convenient ride-sharing services that will send a driver to pick you up by using the location of your cell phone. Simply download the apps and sign up ahead. Conveniently, you pay with whatever card you register with when signing up, tipping is included in the fare, and both companies often offer some sort of credit for first time users. Be aware that “prime time” or “surge pricing” may apply this weekend, which could mean that ordinary fares may increase significantly.

Zingo is another option. Call 888-ZINGO-11, and your driver will arrive on a foldable motorbike. He or she will then fold up their bike, place it in your trunk, drive you home in your own vehicle, and take off on the motorbike upon your safe return. 

Third Tip


In addition, the Gasparilla 2015 Trolleys, buses (day passes around $4) and streetcars will be running and are most affordable. For more information on pricing and schedules, visit: 

http://www.gohart.blogspot.com/2015/01/set-sail-to-gasparilla-with-hart-and.html?m=1 

Again, if none of the above options strikes your fancy, get creative! Think chartered helicopter, designated driver horse-carriage, designated driver motor boat, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) , kayak, designated driver bicycle built-for-two, etc.  But whatever your transport, be good to yourself and others, by practicing safe choices.