It only takes one time to make a mistake that changes your life and the lives of others. This is especially true when it comes to drunk driving. According to the Center for Disease Control, Indiana had a higher rate of fatal alcohol-related crashes than the national average from 2003-2012. This sad statistic doesn’t come from one year but a decade of tragic and preventable accidents.

Fast forward to 2018 and 1-in-10 fatal car accidents involved alcohol. We are still seeing too many deaths related to alcohol.

When the police stop a suspected drunk driver, they may be saving their life and the lives of others. While it’s important to ensure the safety of all motorists on the road, a drunk driving arrest has serious consequences.

Punishments for first-time offenders

Even a first-time drunk driver could face penalties that include up to a $5,000 fine plus court fees, one-year imprisonment, and the loss of your driving privileges for up to two years.

A drunk driving conviction can even cost you your free time because of court ordered attendance of substance abuse programs or a victim impact panel to listen to survivors of drunk driving accidents.

Drunk driving is never worth the risk

You may think that being involved in an alcohol-related accident or an arrest for drunk driving will never happen to you. Yet, both an accident or arrest are possibilities anytime you get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

You must act urgently if police arrest you for suspicion of drunk driving to preserve your freedom, driver’s license, and even your financial well-being.