HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police hit the streets in force to stop drunk drivers before they suffer or inflict a far worse fate than an arrest.
On New Year’s Eve, Huntsville Police had these results at local checkpoints:
- 6 DUI Arrests
- 1 Misdemeanor Arrest
- 43 Citations
- 2 Impounds
The drunk drivers who get caught before they hurt someone are the lucky ones. But still, they face serious consequences.
Madison County Assistant District Attorney Jay Town estimates a DUI could cost you $5,000.
“The impact on a driver financially is tremendous, especially when you consider the fines and the fees and the court costs that go into just your garden variety prosecution of a DUI,” said Town.
That arrest can trickle into the rest of your life quickly.
“We live in a community where a lot of our members of our community have security clearances,” said Town. “You get charged with a DUI, you could easily lose your security clearance, which means you’re no longer of value to your employer. So you could lose your job. You lose your driver’s license just by operational law for a period of up to six months. It costs thousands of dollars to potentially get your driver’s license back sooner than that.”
And that’s the best-case scenario for drunk drivers. These are the fortunate few who can face their actions before they hurt or kill someone.
As Town points out, “It’s just too great a gamble to rely on luck. You wouldn’t gamble with your life, so why would you rely on luck? You certainly wouldn’t gamble with someone else’s. It’s an extraordinarily selfish decision. It’s a criminal act. It’s a criminal decision, and there are criminal consequences from which you can’t escape.”
So before you go out tonight ask yourself, if you drink and drive and hurt or kill someone, will you be able to look yourself in the mirror and say ‘I accept responsibility for my actions.’ Ask yourself now, or you may wind up asking yourself every day for the rest of your life.