By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: December 30, 2018 | 3:45 p.m
“In the United States, roughly 29 people die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver,” said Sussex Sheriff Ernest Giles when asked for advice for drivers over the holidays. “And on New Years’ Eve – which is often called “amateur night” because of the increased number of people who only drink or drink particularly excessively during holidays – the danger is heightened.”
“Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability,” he continued. “Safe driving requires the ability to concentrate, make good judgements and quickly react to situations. However, alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in danger. When driving impaired, if the car in front of you brakes suddenly or a pedestrian crosses the street, it will take longer for your brain to process the situation and prevent an accident. It also affects your motor skills such as eye, hand and foot coordination. And it affects your judgment of distances between your car and other vehicles on the road or ability to see potential problems in time – like a deer on the road. And alcohol, no matter how much or how little, can negatively influence your concentration. Add the distraction of the party mood of the holidays and you have a sure recipe for disaster.”
Listing the legal consequences of driving while impaired – whether by alcohol or drugs- Giles shared information not as well-known.
“Driving under the Influence of Drugs (DUID), Driving While Impaired (DWI) or Driving under the Influence (DUI) – all carry same consequence,” Giles warned. “If the driver is found guilty, all of these can lead to serious fines, suspension of license, jail time, and court ordered treatment. It can cost from $2,500 and 12 months in jail and up to 3 or more offenses can become a felony and lead to fines in the many thousands and penitentiary time.”
“This crime has an everlasting effect on the individual and loved ones of the offender and the victim,” Giles added. “Please, if you see erratic driving, report it to local state law enforcement officers immediately through 911. And if you’re planning on drinking at any function, please find a designated driver. Think of loved ones before getting behind the wheel, because it could be one of them affected by your actions or those or others.”