According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), there’s a 33% chance that you will be involved in alcohol-related accident at some point in your life. That is one out of every three people that will experience an alcohol-related car crash at some point in their life, and when you really think about it, that’s a scary statistic. Drunk driving might seem reasonable and convenient when you make the decision to do it, but the risks involved are plentiful and frightening. Driving drunk might not seem like such a big deal to you, but there are serious consequences that you will be very likely to face.
Whenever you decide to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk, you might feel empowered or indifferent about doing so, much like how you would feel under cocaine effects. However, everything can change for you at the drop of a hat if you are spotted by a police officer.
All it takes it to be pulled over and you will more than likely be slapped with a DUI charged, which can severely skew your future in many different aspects of your life. Immediately upon receiving the DUI, you will be handcuffed, taken to jail, and your car will be impounded.
Your Death or Someone Else’s
What’s worse is that drunk driving could be the cause of your death, as well as someone else’s. Nobody is immune to getting in a car wreck while driving drunk. Alcohol is a depressant, and in turn, your reaction time is severely slowed and your dexterity is hindered. Overall, your mind is altered to the point where you cannot make quick, solid judgments while operating a vehicle. Never assume that you’re too good to get into a life-threatening wreck while drunk because it can and does happen. Wind up in a wreck where you’ve injured or killed someone else and you will have an even bigger problem on your hands than just the DUI.
Sky-Rocketed Insurance Rates
Drunk driving leads to your insurance rates absolutely sky-rocketing. What’s worse is that if you don’t have insurance at the time of getting a DUI, it will be relatively hard for you to find an insurance company that will accept you with the DUI on your your record. Even if you are accepted, prepare to pay an astronomical rate for even the most basic coverage. People with DUI’s on their records are looked at as extremely high risk consumers by insurance companies, and therefore, many of them do not want to insure them for fear of having to pay out high claims.
One of the more obvious consequences of drunk driving is jail time. Upon being pulled over and charged with a DUI, the driver will immediately have to go to jail for at least a short while to stay contained and sober up. After this time has passed, someone can bail them out or they can await their arraignment while in jail. The more offenses that a person has under their belt, the more jail sentence time they will more than likely have to serve. Also keep in mind that jurisdictions all across the country are really starting to crack down on punishments for driving under the influence. Jail sentences have gotten longer, and obtaining hardship licenses to commute to work are becoming harder to get as time goes on. Law enforcers are working extra hard to teach drunk drivers that it is not okay to do such a thing, and nobody gets off easy after trying.
Loss of Job or Income
Drunk driving can also lead to the loss of your job, which can ruin your financial situation if it is your primary source of income. A DUI typically comes with a certain amount of jail time that you have to serve regardless of your work schedule. Employers do not typically look too highly on employees missing work for jail time, so the chances are high that you will be snipped from your job rather early in the process if you happen to work for someone else. Don’t count on getting the job back either, as your employer might be cautious about hiring someone back that has shown a strong case of irresponsibility.
The Vast Amount of Fees
The amount of money that it costs to journey through the process of a DUI is staggering. The amount of time that you have to spend in court is lengthy, and of course, it costs money to be in court. Attorney fees are not cheap either, and you’ll need one to help defend yourself in court. There are plenty of other expenses that come with driving drunk such as towing and car impound fees, driver education class fees, etc. If you are caught drunk driving, consider your financial situation essentially ruined for quite some time. If you are already struggling financially, you could also lose great assets such as your home or your vehicle.
Loss of the Privilege to Drive
Lastly, it is highly likely that it will be quite some time before you are legally allowed to get behind the wheel of a car again after a DUI. Expect to spend at least several months hitching rides with friends or family until you can get the legalities concerning your DUI ironed out. Besides, you don’t really want to explain to people that the reason you can’t drive is because of a DUI, do you?
Overall, driving drunk is definitely not worth the risk. Not only are you at risk for harming yourself or others, but you also put yourself at risk for destroying your future, being out a large amount of money, spending time in jail, and so forth. If you or someone you know struggles with a drinking problem, do not hesitate to seek alcohol treatment to prevent a disaster caused from drunk driving.