Alcohol played a role in nearly 32% of U.S. automobile fatalities. That’s 10,839 deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If the dangers of drunken driving didn’t provide you with enough incentive to stop getting behind the wheel impaired, the cost of a DUI certainly will.
You might be curious, just how much does a DUI cost? According to MSN, a typical DUI costs about $10,000 by the time you pay bail, fines, fees and insurance, even if you didn’t hit anything or hurt anybody. That is an extremely expensive ride home!
If you have had several drinks, there are other alternatives to return home safe and sound:
- Order a taxi or ride share
- Have a friend or family member be the designated driver
- Ask the bar if they have a preferred method of transportation from its establishment
- Choose to get drinks at a destination that is within walking distance of your home
If you get a DUI conviction, it will likely affect your insurance rates for (at least) the next three to five years. You will be considered a high risk driver, which may make it difficult to find car insurance in the future. If you are worried about whether or not your car insurance will drop you, you can obtain more information on the SR-22 page of our website, which goes into more detail about a DUI or DWI or any serious moving violation. SafeAuto has specialized in high risk car insurance for over 25 years.
The dangers of driving drunk along with the high cost associated with a DUI should provide you with plenty of incentive to never drive under the influence. The risk greatly outweighs the reward.