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Do not drink and drive

The last quarter of 2021 has arrived and September, Hispanic Heritage Month, has begun until the end of the year, we will have parties and celebrations to enjoy with the family, all around Polk County. In the city of Lakeland the Great Annual Hispanic Festival will be held in the month of October, in Haines City the First Latino Business Exposition will take place on November 4, Thanksgiving Day, and the Christmas holidays in December; will bring a lot of fun, food, and ... drink into our lives. Of course, some think that if there is no drink, something important is missing from the celebration. It is part of our culture and traditions. Not bad, as long as everything is in moderation.


Always remember that we live in a different country from the one we come from, with different laws from those of our countries of origin and it is our responsibility to know and abide by them. Ignorance of the law is not a reason for non-compliance.

That is why our office wants you and your family to always be aware of the provisions of the law so that you do not face problems of this nature. Let's see what the Florida Statute establishes in its chapter 856.001 regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages:


You should not drink alcoholic beverages in public, or have an open container that contains them while driving a motor vehicle (understand car or water vehicles).


Anyone causing a public disturbance while under the influence of alcoholic beverages risks facing legal consequences and penalties can be $250.00, up to 90 days in jail, or both.


No person under the age of 21 can buy and drink alcoholic beverages and the person who provides them is responsible for it and the penalties can be $ 500.00 and up to 60 days in jail.


Furthermore, we know from experiences that the personality of some individuals changes greatly when they are intoxicated. Who is generally measured and gentle, can be uncompromising and aggressive when he is past drinking. It may be that the family knows him and tries to evade him, but those who do not know them may be offended by any comment and the discussion begins, to the point that the police have to intervene.



We will enjoy the festivities in peace and harmony, without exposing anyone to unnecessary dangers, or breaking the law.


By: Lilia Vega

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