Our South Florida traffic lawyers have recently learned about a new law that will require some of the state’s worst drivers to take a behind-the-wheel driver’s education course and a pass a driving test. The law, which was signed last month by Governor Charlie Crist, goes into effect on January 1.
Drivers should note that violations will begin counting in January, so if you have previous traffic infractions or were found at fault for a car accident prior to January, it won’t count in this case. However, highway safety officials say they have identified more than 3,200 Florida drivers who are considered dangerous behind the wheel. These drivers were involved in more than 10,000 accidents during a three-year period ending December 31, 2008. Roughly 600 of those drivers have at least one conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Statistically, these drivers are predominantly males under age 40 who live in urban areas. More than one third of those drivers are under age 25. The state’s most populated county, Miami-Dade, has the largest number of dangerous drivers. Broward County ranks fifth.
Florida’s worst drivers will have to retake driving test, Miami Herald, July 10, 2009
Contact a South Florida traffic lawyer for further information.