Message Monday: Drunk driving could cost you a pot o' gold

3-18-message-mondayLet’s be very clear. There is no amount of alcohol or drugs in your system that makes it “safe” to drive. The safest driver is a totally sober driver.

But in Iowa, like many other states, the legal limit is .08 blood alcohol content (BAC). Anything more than that amount of alcohol in your blood could cost you big time. In fact, more than $10,000 in most cases, if you’re pulled over while driving.

Calculating your BAC is a tricky business. It depends on your gender, weight, and the amount of time between drinks. While there are some “calculators” out there, your best bet is to always drive sober or find a sober ride if you’ve been drinking.

This St. Patty’s day, don’t rely on the luck of the Irish to get you home -

For 2019, there have been 48 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of five since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 318. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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