INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The 38 year old mother in a car crash at 48th and Kessler Thursday admitted to police she had been drinking.
She said "a few beers" at 6:40 a.m. with her three kids in the car but how much is too much as you go out and celebrate the fourth of July tonight?
I-Team 8's Karen Hensel is looking at the issue.
Police smelled alcohol but the mom said "just a few beers".
For many that may be a few too many just to start.
Indiana State troopers are out in full force July 4.
Trooper Mike Meinczinger of Indiana State Police says "The number one goal is to make sure people get to and from where they are going safely."
Police agencies are working together on ramping up sobriety checkpoints.
Don Bickel, Director of the Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership explains,
"Those dui checkpoints are conducted in areas that are high in DUI crash areas".
As you approach a dui checkpoint it is very well lit area and the signs can't be missed.
Police pull in 3-4 cars at a time.
Bickel says, "The officers approach the vehicle and talk to the driver, check for license and registration.
As the person gets that out we are looking for dexterity, the odor of alcohol, alcohol in the vehicle."
Police will watch your every move, but you should be watching yourself.
According to California State University if you are a woman weighing 120 pounds it takes just two drinks in an hour to put you legally drunk .08 in Indiana.
For a man at 180 pounds it is 3-4 drinks.
Those are the numbers but imagine a video camera capturing how you're acting?
Those same experts say with those same few drinks you may think you're functioning better than you are.
At point-zero-eight, California State says "you may start to slur your speech, your balance is off, motor skills impaired." Your "judgment is affected so it is difficult for you to decide if you should keep drinking".
Should you really get into a car?
Bickel says, "If for some reason there is an impaired driver that is obviously driving down the street and is not in that number we have a chase car."
Even worse than a weekend in jail, 40 percent of all fatalities in central Indiana last year involved an impaired driver.
Police are out in full force tonight with extra patrols.
Keeping drunk drivers off the road is a priority.
We wanted to show you what that "just a few drinks" really looked like in not only the numbers but your actions as you get ready for fireworks in a few hours.
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