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Don't be a Thanksgiving Drunk, Staying Safe for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly coming upon us. But with turkey, shopping deals, and holiday cheer, come police checkpoints and drunk driving arrests. Being a Thanksgiving drunk will get you in trouble, as cities and towns crack down hard on DUIs.

On July 4th and Labor Day, we wrote about enhanced police crackdowns on holiday drunk driving; and this Thanksgiving will be no different. The reason being that more people drive drunk on holidays and there is a higher rate of fatalities with drunk driving at these times of the year, reports Trib Local.

For example, the Downers Grove Police Department commenced its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click-it or Ticket" campaigns from November 14-27, reports Trib Local.

As part of its campaign, officers will conduct seat belt enforcement zones during both daytime and nighttime hours and DUI saturation patrols.

If you're caught drunk driving during one of these crackdowns, you should be aware that you face severe penalties even if you're just a little drunk and have no prior history of drunk driving.

A run-of-the-mill DUI not involving an accident or injury is generally considered a class A misdemeanor. This is the most serious misdemeanor charge and you could face up to a year in jail.

If you're involved in a drunk driving accident, you then could face felony charges and serious jail time. And if you have multiple DUIs, you could even see yourself behind bars for 30 years.

So DUIs are no laughing matter. Have fun and be merry at the homes of your loved ones. But make sure you have a designated driver so that you can avoid that Thanksgiving DUI and spending the next few holiday seasons in prison.

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