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Understanding how driving drunk could affect you

Chances are you have heard about the dangers of drunk driving and how just a little exposure to alcohol has the ability to greatly impair your ability to make responsible decisions. However, not as much is said of the consequences that could be suffered as the result of your decision to drive under the influence. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have helped many victims of DUI accidents in New Jersey to make an impact statement and work toward getting the compensation they deserve. 

Perhaps the most obvious consequence of your decision to drive drunk is the immediate danger you put yourself, your passengers and other motorists in. Even a judgment lapse that lasts a split-second can greatly harm anyone near you if you get in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some other negative consequences you could face include fines, the suspension of your license and having your car impounded if it is not your first offense. 

Upon paying your fines, receiving mandatory counseling if recommended and having your license reinstated, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device that is designed to measure the BAC level to determine that you have not been drinking. If the breath test does not come back clear, your vehicle will not start. 

Understanding the risks, dangers and consequences of driving under the influence may motivate you to make responsible decisions when you know that you will be consuming alcohol. For more information about drunk driving accidents, visit our web page.  

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