Summer Camp Teaches Your Teen About Drunk Driving

breathalyzerSome teens still go to summer camp, but they usually go as camp counselors or they work there on a volunteer basis to earn some summer college credits. A few teens in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are going to camp this year too, but this time they’ll be learning driving skill and the dangers of drunk driving.

The period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the 100 deadly days to be a teen driver, and that’s why Ford’s Driving Skills For Life camp is stopping in South Dakota on July 25th and 26th. It’s part of a state tour promoting safe driving to teens, and they are putting it on in partnership with the Governors Highway Safety Association with the goal to give teens the skills and knowledge to avoid crashing when they’re in situations involving speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving.

The Governors Highway Safety Association has stated that 60% of teens crash because they lack experience in four key areas: vehicle handling, speed management, hazard recognition, and distracted or impaired driving. During the 2-day camp the teens will be given classroom instruction and taken out on a driving range with professional drivers.

During their time on the driving range, the teens will be given goggles and a special drunk driving suit to show them the true danger of drinking and driving, and they’ll be asked to use their cell phone to call and text to show them how dangerous distracted driving is. With 6 teen fatalities in 2015 already, this type of educational camp is long overdue.

Ford’s Driving Skills For Life camp will be touring across the United States and stopping in Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and North Dakota this summer. Attendance is free, and if you’d like more information on how your teen can attend the camp, visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com.

The Harshest States Vs The Most Lenient States For DUI

ignition-interlock-dui-lawsWe all know that drunk driving is one of the biggest killers on the roads today, and we also know that the fight to stop drunk driving has been a long one. New Jersey had the first drunk driving law on record way back in 1906, and at that time they required someone who was intoxicated behind the wheel to pay $500 and spend up to 60 days in jail. Incredibly, over 100 years later, some states still only have $500 fines and a few even skip jail time for first time offenders.

That’s why it’s so interesting to look at WalletHub’s analysis of how each of the 50 U.S. states crack down on drunk driving. The results might surprise you.

The strictest state: Arizona

Arizona is really cracking down on people who drive under the influence (DUI). If you’re a first time offender you’ll get a minimum jail term of 10 days, have your vehicle impounded, and you must install an ignition interlock device. Although Arizona has the harshest DUI laws, the state was closely followed by Alaska, Connecticut, and West Virginia.

The least strict: South Dakota

If the DUI laws were harsher in 1906 than they are in your state in 2015, lawmakers aren’t doing something right. South Dakota has no minimum jail time for both a first and second time DUI conviction, and although a third DUI is a felony, the state does not require driver’s license suspensions or mandatory ignition interlock devices.

Having the least harsh DUI laws isn’t a distinction anyone wants, but South Dakota is closely followed by D.C., North Dakota, and Montana when it comes to avoiding a crack down on drunk drivers.

How many lives have to be lost before lawmakers in the least harsh states get in line and crack down on drunk drivers?

Crazy Drunk Driving Stories:
Holiday Edition

Image from: http://classicrock945.ca/Christmas has come and gone once again, and during that time thousands of people across the country have been arrested for drunk driving. While most people will be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after being stopped at a road check or pulled over by police, the road to DUI penalties like jail time, fines, and an ignition interlock is a little different for a select few.

Take this New Jersey man as an example – he was arrested for driving under the influence after he was found passed out in his car right before Christmas. Although he was confused about where he was and had an open can of alcohol, the strangest thing about this arrest was that he was wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume complete with red shirt, pants, and a ruffled collar.

Image from http://www.adweek.com/The Elf on the Shelf is extremely popular with children this time of year, but this particular Elf wasn’t popular with police. He was issued a summons for DUI and will face fines, driver’s license suspension, and will have to drive with an ignition interlock.

This one might not be a drunk driving arrest, but it’s a strong warning for anyone who might want to drink and drive in South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety created a holiday themed print ad where they spun the classic ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ story with a scraggly ‘Party Santa’ and a strong message – don’t drink and drive over the holidays. If you do drink and drive in South Dakota, you’ll receive up to one year in jail, fines up to $1,000, and a mandatory ignition interlock on any car you drive.

No one wants to kick off the New Year with a drinking and driving conviction and an ignition interlock program for a year or more. Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to stay safe and never get behind the wheel after drinking.

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