Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Driving While Intoxicated Costs You More Than You Think

It is important to always plan how to get home after drinking and to follow through with that plan. If you decide to drink, remember these events and their costs and why it is important to not drive while intoxicated.

In Longview, TX, one man made a terrible mistake of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested and jailed under a $10,000 bail. This does not include costs for any other fines and attorney fees. In this case, no one was injured, but the truth is that many of cases of DWI involve injuries to the driver or innocent people.

In Richmond, TX, a young mother crashed her vehicle with children inside it. Her three year old daughter was ejected through the front windshield. Fortunately, her daughter, the other child, and herself were expected to make full recoveries. Unfortunately, this woman was charged with the felony charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger and her bail was set at $15,000. Read this story here.

What could have been worse? The obvious would be for the children to have died from injuries sustained in the wreck. This woman is now forced with a situtation to examine her life and recognize the problem of driving while intoxicated.

Driving while intoxicated can ruin your life. For example, a Fort Worth police officer was fired for having a blood alcohol content of 0.10. That is only 0.02 higher than the legal limit, but he was still fired because of this condition. Read more here.

Drunk driving is a serious offense. Therefore, it is always best to avoid being in the situation of drinking too much and needing to drive home. If you are planning to drink, then plan how to get home if you had too much to drink. Is the cost of cab fare more than fines and fees that you will have to pay after being arrested for a DWI? How about losing your job? What if you injured or killed someone?

If you are planning to drink, what's your plan to get home?