by Turner Gill
Impaired driving continues to be a problem not only in Kansas, but nationwide. In Kansas, more than 100 persons annually lose their lives due to impaired driving. All of us can do our part to reduce this unnecessary carnage on our roadways. Designate a sober driver before you begin your activity. Sober does not mean, pick the friend that has had the least amount to drink, it means someone who has not consumed alcohol that evening. Other transportation alternatives are public transportation or call a cab.
On average, an arrest for a DUI will cost the offender about $5,000. These costs include fines, court costs, attorney fees, increased insurance premiums, lost wages and fees associated with an ignition interlock. These costs don’t include the potential expenses associated with a crash. An impaired driver in a crash could be facing the additional costs of hospital bills, vehicle replacement costs and the potential loss of life to another person.
As the head coach of a football team, I am tasked with not only preparing my players for the game of football, but the game of life. One of those lessons is to never drive impaired and don’t let your friends drive impaired. It can affect not only your life, but that of someone else you care about.
I am pleased to be a part of the effort to reduce senseless fatalities on our public roadways and would encourage not only my players, but all drivers to “Put the Brakes on Fatalities.”
Turner Gill is the football head coach at the University of Kansas.