This was a busy morning for Pennington Country magistrate court because Rapid City Police department made 18 arrests of drivers who were driving under influence.
Brendyn Medina, specialist for community relations stated that arrests were made during a weekend, from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday.
By the law of State Dakota, drivers weren’t permitted to operate any kind of motor vehicle under the influence of the alcohol that is bigger than .08%.
Drivers often calculate how many drinks they can take before they reach legal limit, but there are various factors that can affect this matter such as: body weight, genetics, sex and how many drinks person consumed during s specific period of time. There are various methods such as charts and calculations that can help persons calculating BAC, but unfortunately, many of these don’t have included variables.
Based on laws in this state, the first time when a driver is arrested due to a driving under influence, his license will be taken away. He will receive fine up to $1,000 and there is possibility to spend one year in prison. The second time driver is convicted for drunk driving, his license will be suspended for one year, he will have to pay a fine up to $1,000 and face possible imprisonment.
If a driver gets convicted third time for drunk driving, he will have to pay a fine up to $2,000, he will be sentenced to jail for one years and his license will be revoked for one year after he is released from jail. This is class 6 felony.