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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.

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