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Police will be Watching for Drunk Driving on Thanksgiving

Nov 26 | 2014  by

As another holiday approaches Thanksgiving, police officers across the state will be keeping a closer eye out for drunk driving. On Thanksgiving, people consume copious amounts of alcohol in addition to the football games and the copious amount of food they eat.

Drink Responsibly This Holiday

As you always hear about tragic accidents happening around this time of year, the message of not drinking and driving is worth repeating. Throw in the worsening road conditions as winter approaches and alcohol and driving can be a particularly deadly combination.

Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and comes with a hefty cost. You are considered too drunk to drive when operating a vehicle with a BAC of .08 or greater. There are also enhanced penalties called “Super Drunk Driving” for individuals with a BAC of 0.17 or higher.

Consequences of Drunk Driving

The severity of the penalties depends on what number of offenses it is and the level of intoxication. The penalties include the following:

  • BAC below .17 and a first offense
    • Up to a $500 fine and Up to 93 days in jail;
  • BAC above .17 and a first offense
    • Up to a $700 fine and Up to 180 days in jail;
  • Second offense within 7 years
    • Include one or more of the following: a $200 to $1000 fine and/or 5 days to 1 year in jail;
  • Third offense within a lifetime
    • Considered a Felony
    • Include one or more of the following:  $500 to $5000 fine, 1 to 5 years imprisonment and/or probation with 30 days to 1 year in jail;
  • Additionally, convicted drunk drivers are subject to

There are a number of safer alternatives to drunk driving. Safer alternatives include: designating a sober driver; calling a friend; taking a cab; walking or staying over the night at a family or friend’s home.

Call Fausone & Grysko, PLC Today

If you are facing drunk driving charges, or have questions regarding the law, contact experienced criminal defense attorney Mark Mandell at (248) 380-0000 or online at www.FB-Firm.com.