The summer months are a crucial time to designate some rules for certain events. Especially when there will be a mix of family and alcohol during these parties and functions.
One rule is to ensure there is a sober driver behind the wheel of the car your kids are riding in. Whether it’s a pool party or day camp, if you have a babysitter or family member driving, make sure your child is safe during the ride home.
According to MADD, “over half of all children killed in drunk driving crashes are killed while riding with the drunk driver. Most of the time, that person is old enough to be a parent or caregiver.”
MADD also lists that 43 states and the District of Columbia have laws enhancing penalties for those who drive drunk with a child passenger in a vehicle. These penalties can include jail time, fees and/or the installation of an Interlock Device.
All states’ regulations vary however. In New York, it is a felony to drive drunk with a child passenger under the age of 16. But in Wisconsin, this same offense is a misdemeanor.
MADD has more tips on impaired driving and child endangerment here.
Voluntary Interlock Devices
No child should be in danger while they are getting home or going to a family event. Smart Start would love to be involved in providing the utmost safety to your child. Read more about installing a voluntary Interlock Device on our blog. An Interlock Device ensures that no one will drive your vehicle impaired.
Do you need an Interlock Device? Smart Start’s team can provide you a quote and set up an install appointment at your nearest service center. Call our 24/7/365 customer care center at 800-831-3299 or fill out our quick and easy online form.