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Is Jail on Your List of Spring Break Destinations?

Spring Break. Those two words conjure up different images, depending on your age. If your definition of the term translates into massive drinking, wild abandon and reckless behavior, take a minute to glimpse your future. I’m not saying that you should miss out on all the fun, but if you drink and drive in Texas, the consequences will last long after that lingering headache subsides and your final vacation moment sits in framed photograph.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be in full force during Spring Break, March 12-20, 2011. They’ll be increase patrolling especially during hours when drunk driving incidents occur. Get the details here.

While sleeping on hard floors, consuming bad food, and bunking with questionable roommates could occur on both a Spring Break trip and a jail visit, the latter doesn’t usually rank high on Spring Breakers fun places to visit. If you’re charged with drunk driving, some souvenirs for obtaining a 0.8 blood alcohol level (BAC) and your first DWI conviction¬†include a Class B misdemeanor on your record, fines up to $2,000, a $1,000 surcharge for three years to keep your license, up to six months in jail, a possible suspended driver’s license for one year, education classes, at least 24 hours of community service and higher insurance premiums.

So, if your Spring Break plans include a little debauchery, plan ahead with a designated driver. Your foresight will save you time, energy and money. And make for much better memories.

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