Don’t lose your pot of gold is the message that the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and other local law enforcement agencies around Southwest Washington are sending. St. Patrick’s Day may be a time to celebrate with family and friends, but your holiday plans should also include transportation to and from your destination if you plan to drink.
Getting a Driving-Under the Influence conviction is expensive. First time offenders can expect to pay an average cost of $10,000. By the time bail, fines, fees and insurance are paid; the costs could be more. Don’t forget about time lost at work and the toll it will take on those in your life.
Be responsible and choose an alternative before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have been drinking. Some good alternatives might be designating a sober driver, taking a taxi, or calling a sober friend to drive. It only takes a few minutes to make a responsible decision that may prevent a tragedy that will result in life-lasting impacts.
It is important to remember this, In Washington State, impaired driving is defined as:
Ø Driving while impaired by alcohol
Ø Driving under the influence of drugs
Ø Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or above
Don’t lose your pocket full of green this holiday weekend. If you drive, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."