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Tragedy Averted (Maybe) - If You Don't Drive Intoxicated

Last updated on Friday, December 28, 2018

(UNDATED) - New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration but the chances of tragedy striking increase with drinking and driving.

Lawrence County, along with other counties, state and local police agencies are hoping for the best that night, but are ready to deal with the worst.

Every year, increased arrests are made on that one night, people are seriously injured, and people are killed in operating while intoxicated traffic accidents.

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Many police officers have called New Year's Eve "Amateur Night". The reason is that people who don't normally drink in excess other times of the year or even drink at all, seem to take this one night of the year to splurge. The cost for this over-indulgence can be devastating.

Let's take a look-

Driving while Intoxicated in Indiana:

After a "routine traffic stop" (*without an accident) for DWI, here's the monetary factors that will hit you:

Household income:

This will be affected as you pay your attorney. The additional financial strain will affect you and your family. Sometimes this leads to separation or divorce.

If an accident is involved, your insurance rates will go up, or your policy will be canceled, in addition for the potential of civil lawsuit liability for damages, injuries or death caused by your DWI.

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Personal Injuries - Yours and others

A serious vehicle accident can land you, or one of your passengers, not to mention passengers in other vehicles involved, directly in the Emergency Room or Morgue.

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Here's the truth!

The classic "It won't happen to me" is a myth. You don't want to be hurt and you don't want to hurt others. The pain and suffering will heal over time, but the guilt of injuring of killing one of your own friends or a stranger will never go away.

PLEASE! Use designated drivers or ride-share services, stay at where you are at to celebrate, or simply just don't drink then drive. PLEASE!

This article is written by a veteran police officer and former paramedic:

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