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FHP: Spring Break Drunk Drivers Will End up Spring Broke
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FHP: Spring Break Drunk Drivers Will End up Spring Broke

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As spring  - and spring break -  approaches, the Florida Highway Patrol urges revelers to party smart to avoid becoming "spring broke."

The FHP said March 2009 had the most crashes of any month of the last five years, with 224 fatal crashes reported, and to prevent a recurrence they will be out in force throughout the state this month.

"The Florida Highway Patrol isn't against having a good time," said Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mark Welch. "We just want spring breakers to celebrate safely so nobody has to go home in a body bag."

The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Florida is .08, and for those under 21, anyone with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher will receive an automatic six-month license suspension.

Refusal to submit to testing carries a 12-month suspension for the first offense, and 18 months for the second offense.

The FHP reminds everyone to plan ahead, have a driver or taxi, and not let friends drive under the influence.

To report anyone suspected of driving impaired, call *FHP on a cell phone.

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