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Consequences of drinking and driving

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The New Years Eve holiday is upon us, and it's important to celebrate safe and responsibly.

Officials are urging drivers to stay sober.

They remind you that if you drink and drive, even if you don't hurt or kill someone, you will hurt your pocket book.

Jennifer Cifaldi, Assistant State's Attorney in Adams County says her office sees a higher number of D-U-I's this time of year.

She says police will be out and about, and are remaining visible through the new year.

She warns that even if you drink and drive and do not hurt someone, a DUI can make a heavy blow to your wallet,"DUI's are one of the most costly offenses to get, even if it's your first offense."

Cifaldi says you can pay up to $16,000 just for a first offense, for everything from loss of wages and towing to attorney's fees and court costs.

She stresses that it is much safer to find a designated driver than to get behind the wheel.

The cab companies in Quincy and Keokuk say they will both have cabs running 24 hours, which is the safest alternative to drinking and driving.

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