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Drinking and Driving

The more you know about the impact of drinking and driving, the more likely you are to make smart decisions.  Pressure to drink lurks around every corner, so staying on the right path is your best defense against costly mistakes.

The number of alcohol-related fatalities in New Hampshire is steadily increasing. In 2011, there were 27 driving fatalities due to alcohol impairment statewide, representing 30% of all fatal accidents. In 2012, that number increased by 19%. Young drivers are the highest demographic for drunk driving arrests, and three out of four of those arrested are male.

Alcohol-related accidents don’t just impact you, but affect everyone around you.  The lingering consequences of drinking and driving can take over your life, including:

  • Financial penalties
  • Job loss
  • Legal complications
  • Emotional distress

Drinking and driving can be tragic. Knowing the law and planning ahead is the smart decision, and can keep your life on the right path. 

The Stats

Did you know that a driver starts to become impaired after just a single drink? It starts with some loss of judgment, blurred vision, and divided attention.  As you continue to drink, you begin to lose coordination, and your ability to react in an emergency driving situation goes down. Driving after consuming any alcohol is always dangerous, and places you and everyone on the road at risk.

46

The number of alcohol-related fatalities in NH during the year 2014

399

Total number of people killed by a drunk driver between 2003 and 2012

.08

The legal blood alcohol level

The Penalties

Drinking and driving is a serious mistake that can follow you like a shadow for years.  An impaired driving conviction is punishable by:

  • Fines starting at $500
  • A suspended license for up to 2 years
  • Possible jail time
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Attendance at alcohol treatment programs

Impaired drivers are also required to attend court-ordered classes through the New Hampshire Driver Care Management Program (IDCMP). 
 
If these penalties aren’t enough to make you think twice about drinking and driving, remember that 34% of all traffic fatalities in New Hampshire are caused by drunk drivers.  One decision can cost you everything – your choice is the only thing that can put you on the wrong path.

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