Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA — Lower Merion police issued a warning on Facebook to drivers in the township that may have been drinking before or while driving.  Friday Morning starts LMPD’s next impaired driving initiative.

“Between April 5, 2019, and April 7, 2019, the Lower Merion Township police will conduct impaired driving, roving patrols throughout the Township,” stated the police.  This initiative is in partnership with a national impaired driving crackdown featuring highly visible enforcement activities.

“Police will focus on finding motorists who are operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.”

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Being convicted of Driving under the influence (DUI) has steep fines and costs.  Incarceration or jail time is a real possibility, and the amount of those are all based on the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC).   The penalties are stiff, and the Police will not look the other way.

Can you afford these punishments?

Having BAC levels ranging from .08% but less than .1% while driving is a misdemeanor.  The convicted driver is looking at $300 in fines, a six-month term of probation, and up to six months in jail. A conviction means that you will have to complete an alcohol safety class and you could be required to participate in substance abuse treatment.

DUIs involving injuries, death, or property damage and DUIs involving BAC of at least .1% but less than .16% means that for a first conviction that the driver is looking at 48 hours to six months in jail, $500 to $5,000 in fines, and a 12-month license suspension. The motorist will also have to complete an alcohol safety class and may be required to participate in substance abuse treatment.

DUIs involving a refusal to take a breath test and DUIs involving BAC of at least .16% or controlled substances means that for a first time DUI conviction the driver is looking at 72 hours to six months in jail, $1,000 to $5,000 in fines, and a 12-month license suspension. The motorist will also have to complete an alcohol safety class and may be required to participate in substance abuse treatment.

DUIs with a minor passenger means that a first time offender who’s caught driving while impaired with a passenger who is under 18 years old is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. In addition to the penalties above, the convicted motorist is looking at least $1,000 in fines and 100 hours of community service. The driver also faces up to five years in jail and an 18-month license suspension.

PennDOT provides funding for the roving police patrols via grants.

The slogan Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over was first developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA).

According to NHTSA drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year, on average.  NHSTA provides funding to states for traffic awareness and safety

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