Do Not Drive Buzzed this Labor Day Weekend

Kansas police are warning motorists not to drink and drive this Labor Day weekend. The campaign known as “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” is part of a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and is aimed to remove those motorists who drive impaired from the roadways. The official crackdown began on August 14 and will continue through Labor Day, September 1. As part of the program, more than 150 local and state police agencies will be working over-time to enforce Kansas drunk driving laws.

During Labor Day weekend last year, there were 378 automobile crashes across the State of Kansas. Of these crashes 29 were alcohol-related and resulted in two fatalities. However, last year in Kansas was one of the safest on record. But there is of course still room for improvement. In Kansas, impaired drivers are still one of the major causes of injury and death on the roadways. According to KDOT, on average four people are injured every day and every three days, 1 person is killed all in in alcohol-related crashes.

            The police departments involved in this campaign are urging motorists to keep in mind the following things to help keep themselves and others safe on Kansas roadways this Labor Day weekend:

  1. Plan ahead: If you will be driving to an event where you will be consuming alcohol be smart and plan ahead. Before arriving at the event, make sure that you have a designated sober party to drive you home. Do not rely on finding someone at the event to take you home. Chances are if you wait and go this route, the driver you may find will likely not be sober to drive and you may find yourself in a wreck. If you cannot find a sober driver, call a cab or make arrangements to spend the night.
  1. Picture your life post-DUI: Before you head out to a Labor Day party picture what your life would be like post-DUI. Imagine having to go to court, pay thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, and attorney’s fees. Imagine that you may lose your driver’s license for a period of time and thereafter, have to pay to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle
  1. Imagine the unthinkable: Consider the possibility that your decision to drive could result in a terrible accident that could injure or kill yourself, your passenger or an innocent person or family on the roadway. Imagine waking up every day knowing that because of your decision to drink and drive, a child is now without a mother or a father who has to bury his child. Be reminded of this ‘picture’ when you consider drinking and driving. A DUI is a serious offense, but the decision to drink and drive can jeopardize everyone on the roadway with you.
  1. Buckle-up: One of the best and only defenses against a drunk driver is to make sure that you and all of your passengers are properly fastened into your vehicle. Make sure that any children are securely fitted into safety seats.

Just because you were arrested for driving under the influence this Labor Day weekend, does not mean you that you are guilty. If you have been charged with DUI you need to speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Only a skilled DUI attorney can properly advise you of your rights and protect your interests inside the courtroom. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned Kansas DUI Defense Attorneys, call The Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460. Attorney Charles E. Whitman has more than 35 years of experience representing persons charged with DUI. Trust the Whitman Law Offices to provide you with superior legal services.

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