MANKATO (TEC News) - Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jackie Sticha joined us in the studio yesterday to discuss a few different topics: child restraint safety, motorcycle and bike safety, road signage, the July 4th Holiday, drinking and driving, and also information on becoming a trooper and the teen camp. Full audio from the interviews and contact information is available on our websites. If there are any more questions you have, please send her an email with subject line: "Ask a Trooper."
The July 4th Holiday is still consider one of the deadliest for motorists. A major factor for the deaths was drunk driving, which accounted for 13 of the holiday’s deaths, a rate which far eclipses Minnesota’s annual percentage of deaths as a result of drunk driving, historically around 30 percent. Sticha 29-4th "just remember on july 4th, have a plan, it's a party weekend. You do not have the right to be out on the road, impaired, with everybody else's family." :10
Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jackie Sticha says there are many other options out there and having a plan is always beneficial for everyone. A complete cut of the interview audio can be found on our websites.
A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time.
Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges, or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving
Plan for a safe ride — designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
Buckle up — the best defense against a drunk driver.
Report drunk driving — call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.
OTHER INTERVIEWS with Sgt. Jackie Sticha
Child restraints- 5:48 minutes