Police will be Watching for Drunk Driving on Thanksgiving
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
- $1,000 penalty for two consecutive years (Driver Responsibility Act). Equaling in $2,000 of additional costs.
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.