State, Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles v. Meck, No. 84-1270

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtFRANK D. UPCHURCH, Jr.; COBB, C.J., and DAUKSCH
Parties10 Fla. L. Weekly 31 STATE of Florida, DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY & MOTOR VEHICLES, Petitioner, v. William H. MECK, Respondent.
Docket NumberNo. 84-1270
Decision Date20 December 1984

Page 993

468 So.2d 993
10 Fla. L. Weekly 31
STATE of Florida, DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY & MOTOR VEHICLES, Petitioner,
v.
William H. MECK, Respondent.
No. 84-1270.
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
Fifth District.
Dec. 20, 1984.
Rehearing Denied Jan. 23, 1985.

Page 994

Paul A. Rowell, General Counsel, and Suzanne G. Printy, Asst. General Counsel, Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Tallahassee, for petitioner.

Eric A. Latinsky, Daytona Beach, for respondent.

FRANK D. UPCHURCH, Jr., Judge.

The State of Florida, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, petitions for a writ of certiorari to quash an order of the circuit court rendered in its appellate capacity.

Section 322.27(5), Florida Statutes (1983), provides that the department shall revoke the license of a "habitual traffic offender" for a minimum of five years. Under section 322.264(2), Florida Statutes (1983), a "habitual traffic offender" is defined as follows:

A 'habitual traffic offender' is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has accumulated the convictions for separate offenses described in subsections (1), (2) and (3), committed within a 5-year period:

(1) Three or more convictions, singly or in combination, of any of the following offenses arising out of separate acts:

(a) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;

(b) Driving a motor vehicle or being in actual physical control while having an unlawful blood alcohol level or while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any substance controlled under chapter 893;

(c) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;

(d) Driving a motor vehicle while operator's license is suspended or revoked;

(e) Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death or personal injury of another.

(2) Fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed as set forth in s.322.27, including those offenses in subsection (1).

(3) The offenses included in subsections (1) and (2) shall be deemed to include also offenses under any federal law, any law of another state, or any valid ordinance of a municipality or county of another state substantially conforming to the aforesaid state statutory provisions.... (emphasis added)

Meck had fourteen previous convictions for traffic...

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  • Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles v. Meck
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • May 10, 1985
    ...of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles v. Meck (William H.) NO. 66,508 Supreme Court of Florida. MAY 10, 1985 Appeal From: 5th DCA 468 So.2d 993 Pet. for rev....
  • Yost v. State, No. 88-0415
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • April 19, 1989
    ...administrative construction of the statute is entitled to great weight, though not conclusive. State Dept. of Highway Safety v. Meck, 468 So.2d 993 (Fla. 5th DCA In view of the foregoing, the judgment and sentence appealed from are reversed and the cause is remanded for a new trial. DELL, J......
2 cases
  • Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles v. Meck
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • May 10, 1985
    ...of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles v. Meck (William H.) NO. 66,508 Supreme Court of Florida. MAY 10, 1985 Appeal From: 5th DCA 468 So.2d 993 Pet. for rev....
  • Yost v. State, No. 88-0415
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • April 19, 1989
    ...administrative construction of the statute is entitled to great weight, though not conclusive. State Dept. of Highway Safety v. Meck, 468 So.2d 993 (Fla. 5th DCA In view of the foregoing, the judgment and sentence appealed from are reversed and the cause is remanded for a new trial. DELL, J......

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