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    Don't Drink and Drive

    While the holidays are a time of joy and celebration, they are also a time of increased drunk driving incidents. The Orange County Sheriff's Department reminds you to not drink and drive.

    AAA of Southern California is offering Tipsy Tow, a free service for members and nonmembers to call for a ride and tow within seven miles of pick-up on New Year's Eve. More information on the cost of a DUI and Tipsy Tow is below.

    From AAA's website
    A first DUI conviction can easily cost you over $12,000

    Drinking and driving is a costly gamble. Even on a first offense, you could be looking at over $12,000 in fines, fees, and other expenses.

    Estimated costs for first misdemeanor DUI conviction:

    Fine (minimum): $390 or more
    Penalties (typical): $780
    Vehicle tow/storage: $187
    15-week alcohol education classes: $500
    Victim restitution fund: $100
    DMV licensing re-issue fee: $125
    Booking, fingerprinting, and photo fee: $156
    Auto insurance rate increase: $7,424 over a ten year period
    Attorney fees: $2,500
    = $12,162

    Additional potential costs:

    Up to 48 hours in jail, maybe more
    Lost work time and wages—or losing your job entirely
    Medical costs
    Vehicle or property damage
    Transportation costs during a 4-month license suspension
    Cost of an ignition interlock device if required by the court
    Other court-imposed fines and fees
    Civil liability

    There are approximately 1,500 Californians killed and 30,000 injured each year as a result of drinking and driving. The choice to use alcohol is a legal right granted to adults 21 years of age and over. It’s what you choose to do with that right that makes a difference.

    Tipsy Tow

    Statistics show that traffic-related fatalities increase significantly around the holidays. As such, the Auto Club sponsors a complimentary Tipsy Tow service on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, which offers free rides to drivers who have been drinking. Avoid becoming a statistic and help guests stay safe by following these tips:

    Ensure all guests have a ride to and from their destination in a car driven by a non-drinking designated driver
    Plan activities that take the focus away from drinking, and make non-alcoholic beverages readily available
    Serve high-protein snacks to slow down alcohol absorption
    Stop serving alcohol at least 90 minutes before a party ends, and serve guests coffee or dessert
    Take car keys from intoxicated guests who plan to drive home
    Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to seven miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. Tipsy Tow service is available to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-400-4222.