Driving under the influence

Driving under the influence, more commonly known as D.U.I. is a major issue throughout the U.S. and all over the world. Driving while impaired and under the influence of alcohol or drugs results in thousands of deaths each and every year. 


When you make the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive after consuming alcohol or drugs, you are not only putting yourself in danger, you are putting the lives of every other driver on the road in danger also. 


Driving under the influence has very serious consequences, with the most severe being serious injury and death. If you are caught driving under the influence and you don’t hurt yourself or someone else, you are still going to be facing serious legal consequences and hefty fines and fees. 


The average D.U.I. charge in the United States will cost a driver roughly $10,000. This is in addition to a loss of license and possible jail time. 


Court fees and fines will add up quickly. For a first time offender, these can range from just a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. For repeat offenders, these fines and court fees can become staggering. 


Most people who are charged with a D.U.I. will retain a lawyer to help fight the charge, this too is very costly. Attorney fees for a typical D.U.I. case can run upwards of $5,000 once everything has settled. 


Most often, when a person is arrested for driving under the influence, their car has to be towed. This is yet another expense that comes along with driving under the influence. Having a vehicle towed and sent to an impound lot can be quite costly, especially if your vehicle needs to stay impounded for a number of days. 


If you are convicted of a D.U.I., that conviction is reported to your insurance company and insurance company’s do not take kindly to their insured drivers driving under the influence. As a penalty and liability, the insurance company will raise a driver’s insurance rates, costing you hundreds of dollars more each year. 


Are you noticing a pattern yet? D.U.I.’s are extremely costly – and we are not even done yet! 


Lost wages from work are common with D.U.I. convictions. If a driver needs to spend time in jail, they clearly can’t work. If the driver doesn’t go to jail, but loses their license for a period of time, this too can make it hard to maintain a normal work schedule. 


If a driver has multiple D.U.I. convictions the court may request that they attend an alcohol abuse program. These programs can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousands dollars. 

Driving under the influence is never a smart idea. Aside from the extreme costs that are associated with a D.U.I., the risk of hurting yourself or others is very high and very real. If you have consumed alcohol or drugs, find an alternative way to get to where you need to go. Calling a friend or family member to pick you up or using ride services like UBER, Lyft or a taxi are all much safer and better options.