Alcohol and You: The Sobering Effect of Drunk Driving on Your Career

If you are convicted of drunk driving, your career may suffer. In addition, it may make it more difficult to find work later in life. In fact, certain jobs will terminate the position of a worker that is found to be under the influence of alcohol while behind the wheel.

Alcohol and You The Sobering Effect of Drunk Driving on Your Career

Does my employer have to know?


It depends. Review your employment contract to see whether there is any direction when it comes to this issue. Some contracts demand that your employer be told as soon as possible, while others take no stand on the issue. In most cases, you will have to tell your boss, but review both your contract and your handbook to determine what to do.


Will I be terminated from my position?


This again depends on your particular circumstances, what is outlined in your contract and what happened the night that you were arrested for drunk driving. For instance, must you drive as part of your job? That makes things more difficult. Were you drinking while at a work related function? Your employer may feel they have no choice but to fire you. If you do lose your job and you do not feel that the situation was just, you can speak to a lawyer or get in contact with ACAS to find out if you have reason to be concerned. The same holds true if there was a sanction imposed upon you after the conviction.


Will I still be able to drive for work-related purposes?


You might be able to, depending on the circumstances of your case. A judge will often take away a drunk driver’s license; in some cases, it is a given, and in others, it depends on what the judge thinks is best. He or she may also decide that you are not allowed to drive anywhere BUT to and from work.


If it could go either way in your case, talk to the judge about your job and what it means to you. Tell him or her how you will be impacted if you are not able to drive. The judge may use that information to help him decide what to do in your particular case. This may also mean you need to get convicted drivers insurance suggests Conviction Insure.


Is it necessary to inform my professional association (or my potential professional association)?

Professional associations typically require that both their members, and anyone applying for membership, let them know if they were convicted of driving drunk. If you are part of an association already, they may decide that they no longer want you among their ranks. They could also impose some type of consequence on you or tell you to get alcohol abuse treatment. Obviously, you do not have to follow their stipulations, but if you want to remain a member, it is best to do what is being asked of you. If you are concerned about your professional association, read the rules to determine what needs to happen and speak to a lawyer if you are worried.


If you would like to join an association, you will likely have to tell them about your conviction. Even if you don’t, they will probably find out about it when they conduct a background check on you. However, simply because this conviction is a part of your past does not mean that you will not be allowed to join the association. It depends on your case and on the association itself.


If I have a background check performed on me, will my drunk driving conviction appear there?


Some job applications only require a Basic Disclosure. In this case, it would not show up if your conviction is spent. However, an Enhanced Disclosure or a Standard Disclosure may be required instead. In this case, a conviction for drunk driving WOULD show up.


Sergeant Matt Lillibridge and the Traffic Deputies want to take a moment to provide the following information…..


Aggressive driving can have serious consequences, for everyone involved…..

Many common behaviors qualify as “aggressive,” including speeding, tailgating, driving slowly in the passing lane, and other acts.

• Aggressive behaviors account for more than half of all fatal crashes.

• A single aggressive act by one driver can trigger escalating responses from other drivers.

• 80% of drivers believe aggressive driving is serious or extremely serious.

Try to avoid aggressive drivers. When you encounter an aggressive driver, keep your distance and notify the local law enforcement agency of the driver’s activities. A majority of drivers admitted to committing aggressive driving patterns at some point in time. Look for the signs that you are driving aggressively and make the conscious decision to change your driving behavior. The consequences are too important. Driving aggressively places lives in danger.

Drive safely!


Sergeant Matt Lillibridge and the Traffic Deputies want to take a moment to provide the following information…..


Drivers should Move Over for emergency vehicles, on the side of the road, with their lights activated.

• On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.

• If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour.

• If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, and you approach an emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.

• Violating the move over law puts both yourself and a public safety professional at risk.

• Violating the move over law can result in a fine and points on your license.

• Effective July 1, 2014, the law was changed to include sanitation vehicles and utility service vehicles.

This law provides first responders a safer place to work. Drive safely!


The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit would like to remind drivers that this Saturday is Halloween.

There will be many children in costume walking through neighborhoods. Some costumes may be dark in color and difficult to spot as it becomes dark out.

Please remember that children are mostly thinking of candy and not traffic safety. Please use caution and drive slower than usual. Be vigilant of children darting out into traffic or walking along the edge of the roadways. We want everyone to be safe this Halloween and must each do our part.

The Traffic Unit will have additional deputies out during the hours that children are typically trick or treating, but they cannot be everywhere. Please help us keep our county safe and our children safer. Drive aware.

Increased Traffic Enforcement Efforts

In an ongoing attempt to combat traffic violations throughout Hernando County, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit will increase traffic enforcement efforts on several main roads throughout the county during the month of October.

During this operation, speed enforcement will be conducted by deputies using both marked and unmarked vehicles. Additionally, deputies will be conducting both DUI and narcotics enforcement.

As a reminder, please follow these four major steps to ensure your safety while driving.

• Obey speed limits
• Buckle up
• Do not drink and drive
• Do not text and drive.

Similar operations are planned for the future.

Traffic Tip Tuesday 09-29-15

Sergeant Matt Lillibridge and the Traffic Deputies want to take a moment to provide the following information…..

There are a wide variety of drivers on the roadways, both young and old.

If you think either of the links below would be helpful to you or to someone you know, please take a look and/or share the information.

By having these discussions with our children, our parents and/or our grandparents, we can help make our roadways safer for us all.

Talking With Older Drivers About Safe Driving

Getting older does not necessarily mean a person’s driving days are over. But it is important to plan ahead and take steps to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. NHTSA offers free materials to help you learn more about how to recognize and discuss changes in your older loved one’s driving.
If you think you need to have a conversation with an older driver about his or her driving abilities, remember that many older drivers look at driving as a form of independence. Bringing up the subject of their driving abilities can make some drivers defensive. So, be prepared with your observations and questions, and – if necessary – provide possible transportation alternatives.

Answering the following questions may help you decide if you need to initiate a conversation with an older driver about driving safely:
Getting lost on routes that should be familiar?
Noticing new dents or scratches to the vehicle?
Receiving a ticket for a driving violation?
Experiencing a near miss or crash recently?
Being advised to limit/stop driving due to a health reason?
Overwhelmed by road signs and markings while driving?
Taking any medication that might affect driving safely?
Speeding or driving too slowly for no reason?
Suffering of any illnesses that may affect driving skills?
If you answered yes to any of these questions we suggest this web site to assist you with materials that might help with your conversation with an older driver:…/Talking+with+Older+Drivers+about+Saf…

What Can I Do to Keep My Teen Driver Safe on the Road?

Get Involved
1. Share important driving tips in these fact sheets for novice drivers with your teenager.
2. Set ground rules and consequences for your teen driver, and get it in writing.
3. Know and understand the rules of Florida’s Restricted Driver’s License.
4. Be a role model – practice safe driving habits every time you drive.
Explore Driving School Options
Ask the right questions. Go to The Driving School Association of The America’s driving school index for more information on professional driving schools in your state.
Fact Sheets for Novice Drivers
5. Alcohol and Driving – Alcohol and other impairing drugs are involved in approximately 40 percent of all traffic crashes in which someone is killed each year.
6. Blindzone Glare Elimination – With enhanced mirror settings, you can avoid turning and looking into the blindzones. All that’s required is a glance outside the mirror to see if a car is there.
7. Driver Distractions – Although any distraction while driving has the potential to cause a crash, some are particularly hazardous to young drivers under 20.
8. Efficient Steering Techniques – Crash statistics indicate that driver errors involving steering techniques are the main causes of crashes where drivers run off the road. Teens are more likely to overcompensate when their vehicle drops off the shoulder than older drivers.
9. Proper Seat Belt Use – In 2013, 55 percent of all 15- to 19-year-old occupants killed in passenger vehicles were not wearing their seat belts.
10. Risk Management – Low-risk drivers are those who identify potential hazards, reduce risk by adjusting their speed or position, and communicate their intentions to others.
11. Visual Search/Perception – Scanning helps you anticipate having to change speed or roadway position because of problems ahead, such as vehicles or people that may be in the roadway or signs warning of problems ahead.
12. Work/Construction Zones – When approaching a work zone watch for cones, barrels, signs, large vehicles, or workers in bright colored vests to warn you and direct you where to go.

Traffic Tip Tuesday 09-22-15

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit would like to remind you that distracted driving can cause crashes.

Traffic Tip Tuesday 09-22-15

Texting and driving is a citable offense and takes the drivers attention off of the road. If you need to use your phone while you drive use a hands free system.

The best course of action is to pay attention to the road while you are driving and use your phone when you have arrived at your destination. Drive safely!