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Tiger Woods avoids jail with deal on DUI

One of Florida's most famous residents lives just a few miles north of West Palm Beach. In May, Tiger Woods was arrested for driving while under the influence and for reckless driving near him Jupiter home.

His friends, family and fans hope the golf legend has learned a valuable lesson from the arrest. No one was hurt in the incident in May, but we all know that drunken driving can result in accidents, injuries and fatalities in the blink of an eye.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drunk driving problem in Florida is acute. Our fatality rate per 100,000 residents (3.7) is more than 10 percent higher than the nation's overall rate (3.3).

The CDC says that the percentage of Florida drivers who reported driving while intoxicated at some point in the past 30 days is 2.1. Nationally, the figure is 1.9 percent.

Woods recently reached a reported plea agreement with the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office that keeps him out of jail. The 41-year-old Woods would have to comply with Florida's diversion program for first-time DUI offenders.

While this might be personally pleasing to Woods, the reality for families that have lost loved ones to drunk drivers is that some people who receive those kinds of forgiving sentences believe that DUI driving is not taken seriously; that they are free to resume their prior dangerous behavior.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunken driver, you can contact an attorney experienced in the pursuit of maximum compensation and justice.

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