Don't Let Holiday Spirits Land You In Jail


'Tis the season to be jolly. It's the season to spread the joy and spirit of the holiday to everyone we meet.

Those who consume too many "spirits" in a "jolly" attempt to bring "cheer" into their lives could find Santa Claus wearing a badge and whisking them away in a lighted sleigh with red and blue lights on top. That is if they choose to drink and drive.

Our nation has become less and less tolerant of impaired drivers.

The laws are changing.

In April of this year, Governor Jane Hull dropped the blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08.

The fact is, drunken drivers kill and injure. They are criminals and should be treated as such.

Motorists who choose to consume alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel should not only consider the price of the life they may take, but also the price to their pocketbook.

A jolly evening of spirits and cheer could cost you several thousand dollars, your vehicle, your right to drive, and a minimum of one day to eight months behind bars.

Keep in mind, alcohol impairs. It impairs your thought processes and motor skills.

The lowered limit of .08 is a guideline. If you've had even one drink, you can still wind up in jail, since the law states it's illegal to drive while "impaired to the slightest degree."

Can you determine when you are impaired or how many drinks you can tolerate before becoming impaired? Do you realize your blood alcohol can continue to rise long after you have had your last drink?

Alcohol is a drug that impairs. More than anything it impairs your ability to know whether you have consumed too much to get behind the wheel.

Of course, you can always take your chances and let our jolly police officers make the decision for you.

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