As we approach the upcoming holiday weekend, it is important to remember a few things when it comes to safety. One very important thing – think before you drink and drive, especially if you’re going to have children in your vehicle.
In six states, being arrested for drunk driving with children in the vehicle is a felony. Unfortunately, Alabama is not one of those states, though we do have stiffer penalties if a child is involved.
If the passenger is under the age of 14 and the driver is over 21 the sentence will double the maximum penalty that would be given if a child was not involved.
The offender’s license is suspended for ninety days.
After ninety days, an ignition lock is placed on the vehicle for two years.
In some cases, if a child is in your vehicle and you’re drinking and driving, a child endangerment charge may be added.
Don’t drink and drive. And, certainly don’t put a child in such danger if you’re not responsible enough to follow the law.