How to Safely Get Home After Drinking

CASPER, Wyo. The holidays are a time of celebration, but it can also lead to bad decisions including drinking and driving.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows 44 percent of deaths between Christmas and New Years are caused by drunk driving.

Extra police officers will look for signs of impaired driving.

Drunk driving is a serious offense not just in Wyoming, but across the country. If you are caught, it's going to cost more than a few dollars.

"You're initially looking at at least 750 dollars. Not to mention you're vehicle will be towed, so you're going to have to pay to get your vehicle out of the impound." Explained officer Jessie Kler of the Casper Police Department. "And then you have your court costs. If you want an attorney, you're going to have attorney fees. It compounds very fast."

There are other ways to make it home safely.

Officers advise us to either find a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft.

Using these can make a big difference.

"It plays a huge role. You know, a lot of people still think Casper is pretty small, so we might not really have the option for the service like Uber and Lyft, but they're around." Explained Kler.

Officers say the main goal is to have all of us home for holidays.

A first time DUI offender can have their driver's license suspended for up to 90 days and have a breathalyzer device installed in their car.