A love of Florida headlines may run a close second to a love of drive-thru nourishment, especially after a night of drinking. When that drive-thru story runs head first into a Florida headline, however, the result is a magical, teachable moment. When you are wondering if you’re too drunk to drive, and whether a late night snack could possibly help get you home without risking a DUI, please keep the following in mind:
- The latest Florida Man who was arrested for a DUI after passing out in a Taco Bell drive-thru didn’t even get to enjoy the tacos he thought he had ordered… not that they would have helped him sober up. Food only slows the absorption of alcohol and maybe helps with blood sugar a bit, giving you a temporary mental boost – it doesn’t really change how drunk you are.
- It isn’t just a Florda phenomenon to pass out while waiting for that munchie-crushing burger. Connecticut, Texas, and California have all had confrontations with drunken drive-thru dabblers in recent months.
- Even if you are in a drive-thru, or otherwise idling your vehicle (or, just sitting there without even starting it), you can be arrested for DUI. It is your intention, at that point, to drive under the influence of alcohol that is probable cause and can lead to your arrest.
Florida may have great headlines, but that does not mean the state isn’t serious about keeping the streets safe from drunk drivers. As such, penalties for DUI are strict, even for first-time DUI offenders. You could be facing court costs, a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock requirement, jail time or any combination of those consequences. We all understand the craving for a burrito or fries at the end of a night well-spent with friends, but when you’ve been drinking, your best “drive-thru” solution is to find a designated driver or have that food delivered once you are safely at home.