Drunk & Drugged DRINKING WILL COST YOU
Towing Charges: $174
Impound/Storage Fees: $225
Drivers License Reinstatement Fee: $125
New Driver License: $22
Court Fines/Misc. Expenses: $2563
High Risk Insurance 3 years: $12,000
Lawyer Fees: $10,000
The above costs are approximate. Actual costs will vary and may be significantly higher
In addition, if you are arrested for DUI you will receive 2 points on your driver license and/or have your driver license suspended.
NATIONAL DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVING PREVENTION MONTH FAQS
When is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month?
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month occurs annually in the month of December, as it is the height of the holiday season.
What is blood alcohol content?
Blood Alcohol Content, or BAC, is the scale used to describe the level of alcohol in the bloodstream of a person. It can be used to determine the sobriety status of a person, as well as being of use in court as evidence for DUI charges
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits
It is illegal for any person to operate a vehicle with a:
- BAC of 0.08% or higher, if the person is 21 years old or older.
- BAC of 0.01% or higher, if the person is under 21 years old.
- BAC of 0.01% or higher at any age, if the person is on a DUI probation.
Under 21—Zero Tolerance for Alcohol Use
If you are under 21 years old, you must submit to a hand-held breath test, preliminary alcohol screening (PAS), or one of the other chemical tests. If your BAC measures 0.01% or higher on the PAS, you may be suspended for 1 year.
What other kinds of testing is used to determine BAC?
Besides blood and urine tests, the other most used method are Field Sobriety Tests, which are cognitive and balance tasks law enforcement uses to determine a person’s well-being. Walking in a straight line or saying the alphabet backwards are an example of field sobriety tests.
FACTS ABOUT DRUNK & Drugged DRIVING
- 27 die daily in drunk driving accidents in the US
- On Average, New Year’s Eve is the day with most DUI arrests, but Fourth of July has the most drunk driving related deaths
- Along with marijuana, prescription drugs are also commonly linked to drugged driving crashes
- Use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe—just like driving after drinking alcohol
- Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is about four times higher at night than during the day
- Of all teen traffic fatalities, 20 percent are DUI related
- Of all motorcycle fatalities, 39 percent are alcohol related
Court DUI Convictions
If you are convicted of DUI of either alcohol and/or drugs or both, and you have an excessive BAC level, you may be sentenced to serve up to 6 months in jail and pay a fine between $390–$1,000 the first time you are convicted. Your vehicle may be impounded and is subject to storage fees.
On the first conviction your driving privilege will be suspended for 6 months and you will be required to complete a DUI program, file a California Insurance Proof Certificate (SR 22/SR 1P), and pay all fees before your DL can be reinstated.
In cases involving serious injury or death, you may face civil lawsuits. All DUI convictions will remain on DMV’s records for 10 years. The courts and/or DMV may impose more stringent penalties for subsequent violations during that period.
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