The Super Bowl Impaired Driving Campaign extends from Wednesday, Jan. 29, through Sunday, Feb. 2. Traffic Safety Coordinator Tracy Fox from the Highway Safety Network has some safety reminders.
Will you be at a watch party? If so, watch how much you are drinking and remember that impaired driving is not just alcohol, it is over the counter drugs and prescription medications, medical marijuana, and illegal drugs. All of these can contribute to being incapable of driving safely, and that party foul equals a DUI.
DUI penalties have increased over the last year. Depending on your blood-alcohol content, you could be required to install an ignition interlock in your vehicle, spend time in jail and have your license suspended with your first DUI arrest. The cost of a DUI can be staggering depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Costs could include but are not limited to fees for towing and impoundment, traffic fines, alcohol and drug treatment evaluations and programs, attorney fees, not to mention skyrocketing insurance premiums or cancellation of insurance altogether.
There will be DUI checkpoints and roving patrols taking place during this initiative period. Use public ride shares such as Uber or Lyft, public transportation such as taxi’s or buses, or call someone sober to take you home. If at the house of friends or family, ask to spend the night. Be responsible, choose wisely, and remember, the life you save may not just be your own. It’s all fun and games until you get a DUI, and then it’s game over.
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