When you are pulled over by an officer for DUI within 1,000 feet of school property, including a school crossing zone, the penalties increase from a regular DUI. NOT knowing that you were within 1,000 feet of school property or driving through a school crossing zone is NOT a valid defense, even if there were no minors present at the time of the offense, or that school wasn’t in session.
Remember that with a regular DUI you can spend up to 30 days in jail. With a DUI received in a school zone, you can serve up to 60 days in jail. And there are more consequences:
- You can lose your license for one to two years, instead of 3 months.
- You will incur a higher fine of $500 to $800, so that the total fines add up to $1,294 to $1,594, excluding insurance surcharges or increase in premiums.
In this offense, if your BAC is less than .15%, you may be forced to install an interlock device for six months to a year after the end of your license suspension. If your BAC is .15% or greater, you will be forced to install an interlock device for six months to a year after the end of your license suspension.
What if this is your SECOND offense DUI in a school zone? How is this different from a REGULAR second offense?
- You will have a higher fine of $1,000 to $2,000, so the total fines are added to $1,894 to $2,844, rather than $1,344 to $1,844, excluding any insurance surcharges or increases in insurance premiums.
- You will experience mandatory imprisonment of four to 180 days. The court may authorize two days through IDRC and up to 90 days through community service.
- You will lose your license for FOUR YEARS, rather than two years. This term begins after you get out of jail.
- You will volunteer for 60 days of community service, rather than 30 days.
- You will have to complete a DWI alcohol countermeasures screening and evaluation program.