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Article 3 (Dec 2019): Save time: Just tip your waiter or waitress $10,000
December 30, 2019It's New Year's Eve. You've never had a DUI before and you don't think you'll get one now.
So one for the road? Before you take that drink and get behind the wheel, tip your waitress $10,000. Can't afford that kind of tip? Then you can't afford a DUI either.
There's a world of grief, expense, and a lot of time and trouble with a DUI. If you get one, you are guaranteed to spend the next year or so coping with the consequences. The cost in dollars of a drunk driving conviction is staggering. Alcohol.org estimates the cost of a drunk driving conviction to be $10,000 to $25,000. But in some states the cost is much higher.
Here are some of the costs in terms of money and time:
- You're going to jail. Bail yourself out for $100 to $2,500.
- Bail your car out of impound: $100 to $1,200.
- Hire an attorney. $1,500 to $5,000. Double that for a previous offense.
- Pay a fine: $150 to $1,800.
- Pay for jail time fee: $10-$300.
- Pay for sentencing fee: $100-$250.
- Pay probation fee: $200-$1,200.
- Pay for random drug tests: $100 each time or more.
- Do community service. There goes your free time.
- Pay for community service supervision: $100.
- Pay driver responsibility fees in some states: $1,000-$2,500.
- Attend alcohol and drug treatment classes. Pay a fee for them from $1,000-$3,000.
- Get your vehicle fitted with an ignition lock device: $500 to $1,500.
- Get your license reinstated: $20-$200.
- Find alternate transportation while you are in the process.
- Breathe deeply when you see your insurance premium rise $1,000-$10,000
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