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Financial Impact of Drunk Driving

DUIs are financial nightmares.

Drugs and alcohol affect the lives of many. Driving under the influence is an expensive choice. First-time offenders can be ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and legal fees. The jailing, probation, sentencing, and individual fees can range from $550 to $3,500, depending on the number of previous DUIs. Plus, there are towing and impounding fees. Following conviction, a required educational or treatment class runs from $1,000-$3,000. Sometimes an ignition interlock device must be installed, which requires a breath test before one’s car will start. That can run between $500 and $1,500. Then, consider the cost of increased car insurance. If there are property damages or injuries, expect to pay thousands of dollars more. If a case goes to court there will be attorney fees and the costs of court proceedings. Should someone die in an accident, the guilty driver can expect to have their license revoked, a prison sentence of up to fifteen years, and a fine of $10,000. The financial impact is staggering. Plus, we can’t put a price on the cost of broken relationships and the burden of guilt. The public records of a DUI conviction remain on background checks for at least 7 years. Now the Bible teaches that: “… the grace of God …teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives…” (Titus 2:11-12) So trust Him.

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