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The Importance of a Designated Driver

September 9, 2011

As the summer months come to a close and the leaves begin to fall amidst the crisp cool Fall air, it can only mean one thing:  football season is upon us! America’s most popular sport provides great entertainment to the masses every weekend. Whether it be watching the game on the big screen from the comfort of your own home, to visiting the local watering hole, or taking in the smells of grills everywhere while tailgating outside the stadium, many people involve alcohol in the enjoyment of the aforementioned activities before, during and after the game. It is important to remember to be safe and, if leaving home, to have a designated driver or alternate form of transportation available.

A DUI can involve not only serious penalties, fines and/or jail time, but also serious injury or death to yourself or others. A first offense DUI can impose high monetary penalties, up to 30 days in jail and 12-48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, with a 3 month suspension of license for a BAC greater than .08 but less than .10.  A 7 month to 1 year suspension of license can be imposed for a BAC greater than .10 along with a BAC interlock device attached to your vehicle during the license suspension and for 6-12 months upon restoration of your license. A second offense within 10 years of the first offense can again impose high monetary penalties, a 2 year loss of license, jail time ranging from 48 hours to 90 days, 30 days of community service, a BAC interlock device attached to your vehicle during the license suspension and for 1-3 years upon restoration of your license. A third offense within 10 years of the second offense warrants the stiffest penalties including a 10 year loss of license, high monetary fines, 180 days in jail, up to 90 days of community service, 12-48 hours of the intoxicated driver resource center, and a BAC interlock device attached to your vehicle during the license suspension and for 1-3 years following restoration.

Remember be safe, enjoy the game, and if you are intoxicated refrain from getting behind the wheel and find alternate transportation. While all fans do not root for the same team, we can all agree that obtaining a DUI or worse, seriously injuring or killing someone, will not only ruin the joy you experienced from watching your team get that big win, but can negatively impede the life of yourself and others for the immediate future.


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