You Drink & Drive. You Lose Campaign in Barry County
April 16th, 2010
You Drink & Drive. You Lose
Barry County Sheriff Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers
Cassville, Mo - The Barry County Sheriff received a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division for participation in the You Drink & Drive. You Lose. campaign to stop people from driving impaired. Enforcement efforts will be increased May 5 – 9 and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers. “ It’s never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” stated Sheriff Mick Epperly. “Whether it is your license, your money or your life – You Drink and Drive, You Lose. Consider some of the consequences if you are caught driving while intoxicated:
- For the first conviction (or first conviction in over five years), your license will be suspended for 30 days followed by a 60-day suspension if a hardship license is not obtained.
- A second conviction results in a $1,000 fine, a yearlong revocation of your license and up to a year in jail. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock system on your vehicle, preventing your car from starting when you have alcohol on your breath.
- Third and subsequent convictions can be penalized with up to a $5,000 fine, a 10-year license denial, and/or up to seven years in jail
- If you cause a fatal crash while intoxicated, you could be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years of jail time, a $5,000 fine or both.
- Insurance coverage will be difficult to find and if you do the rates will be significantly higher.
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