It's that time of year again. Snow has fallen in the east coast, and for many people, that means it's time to get outside. Yet, each season brings new opportunities to get convicted of a DUI, and it is important to keep your driving privileges in mind as you get away this winter.
If you are one of many people who plan to go snowmobiling, know that DUI laws may still apply to you. Snowmobiles are one of many off-road vehicles governed by the state's driving laws. Even if you may not be driving your snowmobile among traffic, operating it while drunk could still lead to serious accidents as well as a DUI conviction.
Maryland operates under tight driving laws. Even as a first-time DUI offender you could face up to one year in jail and pay up to $1,000 in fines. If a DUI leads to an accident that seriously injures someone, the penalties are harsher. You could be charged with up to two years of jail time and up to $3,000 in fines. Causing a wrongful death or "Vehicular Homicide" with a DUI invokes more severe sanctions, possibly landing you in jail for up to five years and resulting in up to $5,000 in fines.
Protect your rights and your freedom this winter
As daunting as it may be to think about the harsh consequences of a DUI, your driving privileges are worth protecting at any time of year. You may have many years of experience with snowmobiles, but anyone can get carried away during a relaxing winter getaway.
When heading out to tread the snow, consider holding off any alcoholic drinks until the end of the day, when you know you will no longer be breaking out your sled. Do not entertain the opportunity for a DUI conviction to ruin your winter fun.