Drunk driving is bad enough by itself, but when a drunk driver is foung to have children in the vehicle, things get worse. Florida does not take such a violation lightly. Drivers who get behind the wheel with children in the care take responsiblity for those children, but when the driver is drunk, those children are put in immediate danger. According to Guardian Interlock, drunk drivers caught with children in the car are charged with aggravated DUI. This is a more severe charge than a DUI.
While circumstances may vary, such drivers may also be charged with child neglect, which is a felony and charged in addition to the aggravated DUI. Basically, drinking too much and getting behind the wheel to drive kids around is a serious failure and something the law takes very seriously.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles also explains a driver will be required to use an ignition interlock device. Generally, for a DUI, a person is not required to use such a device until they have had two convictions or have a blood alcohol content of .15 or more on a first offense, and even then, it is usually required for a year or less. However, anyone with children in the car who is driving drunk will automatically face at least two years with the device on his or her vehicle. Getting such a device requires additional fees and funding at cost to the driver. An ignition interlock device requires a breath sample to start the vehicle and will not allow it to be started if the sample shows over a certain alcohol content.