David Simmons the Senate President pro tempore, R-Altamonte Springs, has filed a bill (SB 1396) to create what’s known as a “diversion” program for people caught driving while under the influence.
Simmons, who chairs his chamber’s Judiciary Committee, wants to create a year-long pilot program for first offenders. Upon completion, a judge would withhold adjudication (meaning no formal conviction) on a driving under the influence charge. It could also save offenders thousands of dollars.
The program would be open to drivers not involved in a crash, who did not have a minor as a passenger, and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 or lower. If they agree to participate in the program, their driver’s license would not be suspended.
They would, however, have to plead guilty to a reckless driving charge, perform community service and agree to have a device in their car that prevents it from starting if it detects alcohol in the driver’s breath.
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