New Year's Eve drunk driving could cost more this year

Mike DeNardo
December 31, 2018 - 1:43 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Ringing in the new year with alcohol? PennDOT has some stern advice.

"If you're planning on celebrating tonight, think ahead," said PennDOT safety press officer Robyn Briggs. "We want everyone to think ahead and make a plan before you even leave your house."

Briggs says that plan should include a sober designated driver, or using a ride-hailing app. SEPTA is also running late-night service on regional rail, and all-night service on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines.

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Briggs points out that Gov. Tom Wolf in October signed into law some stiffer penalties for repeat DUI offenders. A third offense for driving with a suspended license calls for a $2,500 fine and six months in prison.

She says PennDOT provides money to state and local police to run additional holiday enforcement.

Briggs says young adults who drink should never be afraid to call friends or relatives for a ride. 

"I think sometimes kids — younger adults — think they're going to get in trouble with their family. And I think their family would be more than happy to have them safe, home."