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CAR SERVICE FOR YOUR OFFICE PARTY, CAN IT SAVE YOU A LAWSUIT?

So all the plans are in place for your companies holiday party. There are 120 people coming, you’ve finished the menu, got the DJ, ordered the favors, and purchased the items for the chinese auction. But you forgot the most important piece. What do you do with your guests that had too much or even any to drink? A cocktail or two, a top employee gets in his car and gets pulled  over at a roadside stop, or worse yet  gets into an accident.

Take a look at this:

Penalties for Alcohol-related and Drug-related Violations
Violation (1) Mandatory Fine (2) Maximum
Jail Term
Mandatory Driver License Action (3)
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (A-DWI) $1,000 – $2,500 1 year Revoked for at least one year
Second A-DWI in 10 years (E felony)(1) $1,000 – $5,000 4 years Revoked for at least 18-months (5)
Third A-DWI in 10 years (D felony)(1) $2,000 – $10,000 7 years Revoked for at least 18-months (4,5)
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving While Impaired by a Drug (DWAI-Drug) $500 – $1,000 1 year DWI-Revoked for at least six months
DWAI-Drugs – Suspended for at least six months
Second DWI/DWAI-Drug violation in 10 years (E felony)(1) $1,000 – $5,000 4 years Revoked for at least one year
Third DWI/DWAI-Drug violation in 10 years (D felony)(1) $2,000 – $10,000 7 years Revoked for at least one year (4)
Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combination of Alcohol/Drugs (DWAI-Combination) $500 – $1,000 1 year Revoked for at least six months
Second DWAI/Combination in 10 years (E felony)(1) $1,000 – $5,000 4 years Revoked for at least one year/18 months (5)
Third DWAI/Combination in 10 years (D felony)(1) $2,000 – $10,000 7 years Revoked for at least one year/18 months (4,5)
Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI) $300 – $500 15 days Suspended for 90 days
Second DWAI violation in 5 years $500 – $750 30 days Revoked for at least six months
Zero Tolerance Law $125 civil penalty and $100 fee to terminate suspension None Suspended for six months
Second Zero Tolerance Law $125 civil penalty and $100 re-application fee None Revoked for one year or until age 21
Chemical Test Refusal $500 civil penalty ($550 for commercial drivers) None Revoked for at least one year, 18 months for commercial drivers.
Chemical Test Refusal within five years of a previous DWI-related charge/Chemical Test Refusal $750 civil penalty None Revoked for at least 18 months, one-year or until age 21 for drivers under age 21, permanent CDL revocation for commercial drivers.
Chemical Test Refusal –
Zero Tolerance Law
$300 civil penalty and $50 re-application fee None Revoked for at least one year.
Chemical Test Refusal –
Second or subsequent Zero Tolerance Law
$750 civil penalty and $50 re-application fee None Revoked for at least one year.
Driving Under the Influence – (Out-of-State) N/A N/A Revoked for at least 90 days. If less than 21 years of age, revoked at least one year.
Driving Under the Influence – (Out-of State) with any previous alcohol-drug violation N/A N/A Revoked for at least 90 days (longer term with certain prior offenses). If less than 21 years of age, revoked at least one year or until age 21 (longest term).
  1. Greater penalties can also apply for multiple alcohol or drug violations within a 10-year period.
  2. Surcharges are added to misdemeanors ($160) and felonies ($270).
  3. The driver license penalties for drivers under the age of 21, and for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and other professional drivers, are different.
  4. Three or more alcohol or drug-related convictions or refusals within 10 years can result in permanent revocation, with a waiver request permitted after at least 5 years.
  5. A driver with an Aggravated DWI violation conviction within the prior 10 years will receive a minimum 18-month revocation if convicted of DWI, DWAI/Drugs or DWAI/Combination. Also a driver with a prior DWI, Aggravated DWI, DWAI/Drugs or DWAI/Combination with the prior 10 years will receive a minimum 18-month revocation.

Not only this, but your company can have some liability in a situation. Hiring a few Lincoln Towncar sedans could be a low cost alternative! Executive Limousine has cars available to place at your holiday office party in the event you need them to get your employees home safely..and if you don’t need them…that’s even better!