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Alcohol, Drugs & Driving

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Impaired drivers continue to kill someone every 30 minutes, nearly 50 people a day, and almost 18,000 citizens a year. In the past decade, four times as many Americans died in drunk driving crashes as were killed in the Vietnam War. About 97% of Americans see drinking and driving as a threat to themselves and their families. Highway fatalities are one of the reasons Alaska has created tough laws against driving under the influence. Before you choose to drive after drinking, we want you to understand the possible consequences.

For the cost of a first time DUI you could go 11,370 miles in a taxi. That’s almost half way around the world.

BEFORE YOU DRINK AND DRIVE CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES AND ALTERNATIVES

CONSEQUENCES

  • 3 Days in Jail: $270
  • Court Fines: $1,500
  • Sentencing: $250 +
  • Vehicle Impound Fee: $300 +
  • Loss of Car: $$$ (30 days)
  • Attorney (yours):

Change of Plea: $5,000 +

Court Proceedings: $3,500 – $5,000 + DMV Hearing: $850

  • Attorney (court appointed)

Change of plea: $200

Court Proceedings: $500

  • SR22 Insurance: $2,000/year -$ 10,000 (5 years)
  • License Fee: $20
  • License Reinstatement Fee: $200/250/500
  • Education Compliance: $150 +

Plus:

  • Written Test: Free
  • Embarrassment: $$$$
  • Taxi/Bus/Friends: $$$$
  • Loss of Driving Privileges: $ (90 Days)
  • Loss of Property (yours/another’s): $$$
  • Loss of Job/Future Jobs: $$$$
  • 10 points on your driving record
  • DUI’s stay on your record forever
  • LOSS OF LIFE: $$$$Priceless$$$$
  • Must install an ignition interlock device if required: $1,300

ALTERNATIVES

Designated Driver: Free
Taxi: $2 per mile

Average cost of your first DUI – $22,740

Average cost of an alternative ride – $15