- Louisiana State Police will be participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a nationwide campaign that will attempt to arrest drunk drivers. The campaign began last week and will run through New Year’s Day. While the campaign is targeting drunk or impaired drivers, police will also cite motorists and passengers who are not wearing seatbelts.
Driver Sober or Get Pulled over will rely heavily on checkpoints and additional patrols. In prior years, state police have successfully carried out the goals of this program. During the 2013 holiday season, state police arrested 197 motorists who were driving while intoxicated. These patrols and checkpoints can help serve as a deterrent for people afraid of receiving a DWI, but there are other consequences of drunk driving to take into consideration.
What You Should Know About Drunk Driving Consequences
Let’s look beyond the obvious consequences of drunk driving, such as tickets, license suspension, mandatory substance abuse therapy and possible vehicular manslaughter charges. In addition, accident survivors who have been hit by drunk drivers have grounds to sue for civil damages.
While the criminal and civil consequences are important, the human cost must be taken into consideration.
The real consequences are the stories you hear on the news of families that have lost loved ones, unsuspecting people who have faced catastrophic injuries and other survivors whose lives will never be the same again. This is the worst time of year to become the cause of a preventable tragedy. There are options for getting home safely, such as using ridesharing apps like Uber or Lyft, calling a taxi or sobering up before departing from your destination.
Happy holidays everyone, and stay safe.