Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A.
Nationwide Firm
Injury, Immigration and Business Attorneys
Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Success

Florida driver admits to drinking, texting and crashing

Florida driver admits to drinking, texting and crashing. When a Florida driver's mind is divided between a cellphone and the road ahead, the consequence can be a fatal car accident.

Add alcohol to distracted driving and you get the self-told story of a New Port Richey suspect, picked up recently for multitasking his way into a four-car crash. The 33-year-old defendant admitted to authorities that he had been drinking before slamming into the back of a vehicle stopped at a U.S. 19 intersection.

The Dodge Ram driver advised police that text messaging also might have contributed to the motor vehicle accident that didn't injure anyone, but caused more than $21,000 in property damage. Texting while driving is legal in Florida. Driving with blood alcohol levels at or above 0.08 is not.

The construction worker's blood alcohol content, tested twice, registered both times above 0.14.

The DUI defendant told police he stopped at a bar and drank three light beers in an hour and a half. Around 9 p.m., the driver's Dodge Ram rear-ended a vehicle at the U.S. 19 and Main Street intersection. The collision eventually damaged four separate vehicles.

New Port Richey police say the Dodge driver was dazed and smelled like alcohol when they arrived at the scene. Bloodshot eyes and slurred speech led police to test the driver for alcohol use. An arrest was followed with a charge of DUI and three additional charges for DUI while causing property damage. The suspect was freed from Land O'Lakes jail after posting $2,000 bail.

Authorities say texting and driving is not illegal in Florida, unless a driver's actions are determined to be careless. In several states, driving while texting is considered to be a negligent act and can distract motorists from driving safely.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "New Port Richey driver accused of drinking, texting before crash," Lisa Buie, July 4, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook

We Literally Wrote The Book On Immigration Law

Our firm is a recognized leader in immigration law and litigation. We handle the spectrum from family and employment-based visas to deportation defense and immigration appeals. Founding partner Ira Kurzban authored the Immigration Law Sourcebook, widely used by immigration lawyers, judges and government officials as the authoritative field reference.

Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Successes Call Our Firm at 786-401-4706 or Fill Out the Secure Form Below

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

IIUSA | 2018 EB-5 Industry Achievement Awards | Litigator Of The Year |Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
2018 EB-5 Industry Achievement Award

Miami Office
2650 SW 27th Avenue
2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 786-401-4706
Fax: 305-444-3503
Miami Law Office Map

Jacksonville Office
10752 Deerwood Park Boulevard South
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Map & Directions

Jed Kurzban Of Counsel at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, A Law Corporation
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1600
Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-531-8031

Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A.