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Article 3 (Dec 2019): Save time: Just tip your waiter or waitress $10,000

December 30, 2019
It'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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