The slogan might be so common that we overlook it.
Next time before you go out drinking make sure you have a designated driver or some change for a cab.
The other option would be stay home and get chocolate wasted.
It just makes it easier for you and I; safer roads and no tickets.
As much as not drinking and driving could save lives, it could also save you a lot of money.
The cost of drinking and driving is so expensive.
Here is a little breakdown of what it could cost you:
If you were ever pulled over with a BAC of over .08 you are looking at one week jail time.
This could be different in each state but the bail costs anywhere from $1500 and above.
Then you are looking at court fees that would range from $650 and above, again this is variable.
As if that’s not enough, you get hit with probation fines ranging from $300.
The list goes on. The court orders a drug evaluation test that costs anywhere from $100 and upwards. Then you need to pray and hope that you are seen as an outpatient and not in patient depending on the results.
You will be required to take classes over a long period depending on your results. This would be like an AAA class that ranges between $2500-$5000.
While you are still making all these payments, your driving privileges are being suspended anywhere from 6 months to a year.
You could get a work permit that allows you to drive to and from work.
That will cost you an extra $240.
Before the DMV can issue a work permit you have to show proof for an SR-22 document that is available from your insurance company.
Your insurance company will then charge an extra fee on top of your insurance. This could be anywhere from $50 monthly until your driving privileges are given back.
Depending on the level of your BAC you might be required to install an inter lock which costs between $1000-$2500.
You could get a court appointed defender or you could pay for one depending on your income.
They charge by the hour. You might be looking at anywhere from $3000 upwards.
When all has been said and done, you will be required to pay to reinstate your license at the end of your suspension which is only a mere $40.
Now next time before you drink and drive, do the above math and see if you can afford it.