Drunk driving penalties cost offenders dearly

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Drunk driving is dangerous and expensive. In 2015, 31.5 percent of Michigan traffic crash fatalities were alcohol-related. It is a crime for a driver to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or greater if under the age of 21. However, drivers can be arrested at any BAC level if they exhibit signs of impairment while operating a motor vehicle.

If you are caught with alcohol in your system, you will face stiff penalties and fines. For drivers under the age of 21, a first offense may include a 30-day license restriction, 4 points on your driving record, up to a $250 fine, up to 360 hours of community service, and a $500 Driver Responsibility Fee. Alcohol convictions that involve driving remain on your record for life, and many employers, colleges and military recruiters take alcohol-related offenses into consideration when hiring or accepting applicants.

Help stop impaired driving! If you drink, contact a trusted adult to come pick you up, call a taxi, or use SaferRide, a free app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that can help you get home safely.


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