Drinking and Driving-It May Cost You More than You Know

Getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming too much alcohol is never a good idea. When you’re intoxicated, your vision is impaired, you lose your balance, your reaction times are slower, and you make poor decisions. When you combine all of this together, it can make driving disastrous.
There are plenty of risks involved with driving while intoxicated, and each one comes with hefty consequences.

You can get a DUI.
Driving while intoxicated is illegal, and if your are pulled over when you’re driving drunk, you run the risk of being charged with a DUI. If a police officer believes that you’re intoxicated, they will do one of two things: they will either give you a field sobriety test or they’ll have you blow into a breathalyzer. If you fail either (or both) of these two tests, then you will be arrested.

Getting a DUI is very serious and it will be very expensive for you. Not only will you need to provide money to post bond to get you out of jail, but you’ll also be required to go to court. This means that you’ll need to get a lawyer, and they are very expensive. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you can have a court-appointed attorney, but you will still be responsible for paying court fees, which are also expensive.


If you’re found guilty of a DUI, you will either be forced to pay a hefty fine, serve jail time and possibly even have a breathalyzer installed in your vehicle. The fines for DUIs are very expensive, and if you’re forced to have a breathalyzer installed in your car, this is something you will have to pay for yourself. If you’re sent to jail, then this will cost you a part of your life that you’ll never get back, and it can be the reason you lose jobs or relationships.

You can get into an accident.
Because your vision and your reaction times are impaired, you also run the risk of getting into an accident. Getting into an accident can cause serious harm to you, your passengers or other drivers. If you get into an accident while under the influence, you will be responsible for any fees that incur during that accident. You’ll need to pay to fix your car as well as any damage done to property or other vehicles. You’ll also be responsible for the medical bills of yourself and anyone else involved in the accident. And in most cases, anyone else that is involved in the accident will also sue you, which means that you’ll go to court (which requires lawyers and fees) and you’ll also be required to pay the decided amount when you lose.

Getting into an accident while under the influence will also get you arrested. Again, you will find yourself in court, and if convicted, you will find yourself with either a large amount of fines, a good amount of jail time, or both.

Getting into an accident while driving under the influence also risks death of you, your passengers and other drivers. If someone else ends up dying on account of your drunk driving, you will most certainly find yourself doing a significant amount of jail time and paying a large amount of fines, but you’ll also find yourself having to live with that guilt for the rest of your life, and that’s something that’s not easy to overcome.

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Jacob Smith
About the Author:

Jacob Smith lives in Phoenix with his two dogs.  As a car mechanic, he likes to write about anything related to cars including driving safety tips for new drivers.

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