Marco Island Florida police report that the number of DUI arrests among seasonal residents is up this year. Marco Island police officers say that vacation mode drinking is getting people more drunk than they may even realize. Police Captain Thom Carr said officers have arrested vacationers for DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.25 percent, more than 3 times the legal limit for DUI in Florida, as early as 4pm in the afternoon. Vacationers tend to drink more than they would at home.
For those thinking of drinking and driving, Carr says it may be a more pleasant ride in the back of a cab than in the back of a police cruiser heading to jail.