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The Journal Gazette

Monday, August 07, 2017 1:00 am

Indiana Voices

Don't let DUI ruin end of summer

There's solid reasoning behind police announcing impaired driving checkpoints before actual enforcement. They're trying to send a strong message that folks can and should expect to be arrested if they drive drunk – so don't do it.

As we head into the summer homestretch, we implore our readers to remember the cost – sometimes in human life – linked to drunken driving and that police will arrest those who don't get the message.

Some 220 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together to increase sobriety checkpoints through Labor Day.

You won't necessarily know when they'll be setting up ahead of time, but expect them to be out in force at sobriety checkpoints and on roving patrols specifically targeting impaired driving.

Think about what that means to your summer plans and act accordingly.

A drunken driving conviction yields loss of license, fines and even jail or prison time for a repeat offender.

Police and prosecutors estimate average costs for a drunken driver are about $10,000. We also know that innocent lives are lost by such behavior.

There are numerous ways to enjoy food and drink at local festivals, businesses or homes without violating the law. Designated drivers who haven't been drinking, drinking in moderation or other transportation options all are known solutions.

Make a plan and stick to it. No amount of irresponsible alcohol-related revelry is worth the legal expenses, embarrassment and risk to human life that a DUI carries.

Finish the summer on a responsible note and check your keys in a safe place if drinking is on the schedule.

– Times of Northwest Indiana