If you are like many people, you enjoy getting drinks with friends after a hard days’ work. Afterward, you may feel that you are sober enough to drive home.

Even if you are extra careful around other drivers, a traffic stop could lead you to problems. Pennsylvania State Police recently launched Operation Nighthawk, which set up targeted stops around Erie County. Authorities arrested 57 people for driving under the influence (DUI) over the span of two nights. Penalties for these offenses may include license suspensions, fines or imprisonment. You can avoid this scenario by considering the repercussions of drunk driving.

Blood alcohol content level

If an officer suspects you of driving under the influence, he or she may issue a breath, urine or blood test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) level. You are legally intoxicated if your BAC is .08% or more. Penalties for a DUI arrest can depend on how high your BAC level is.


You are putting yourself and others at risk if you drive intoxicated. If there are casualties, the court may factor them in after your DUI arrest. It is also likely that you will have to cover medical bills or property damage expenses.

Prior offenses

Prior offenses can affect penalties after authorities charge you for drunk driving. This is especially the case if you have received a DUI charge in the past. Staying sober while driving can help you avoid further trouble with the law.

After drinking, you may be able to call a friend who is sober, contact a mobility-as-a-service provider or take public transportation. There is no telling when or where you might come across a targeted stop, so your best bet is caution and safety.