Happy Hour should be just that—happy. But not if you drive afterwards. (Unless you have an extra $17,000 sitting in your bank account.)
How much does it cost you if you’re convicted of a driving while intoxicated offense?
- Think broadly to include not only the fines and court costs, but lost work time, increased auto insurance premiums, travel to court appearances, etc.
See if you can identify the different costs while watching this video:
DWI and crashes due to alcohol are costly—very costly!
- Penalties for a first-time DWI conviction in Texas can include up to a $2,000 fine, jail time between 3 days and 180 days, a license suspension for up to 2 years, an annual surcharge up to $2,000 for 3 years to keep your license, DWI intervention or education program, and a possible order for an ignition interlock device. Legal fees and other DWI-related expenses often total more than $17,000.
- Alcohol and DWI problems don’t just affect young people. Rather it affects everyone in the life of the affected person—including the person’s colleagues and employer.
- It takes help, support, and at times, intervention to ensure that colleagues, friends and loved ones don’t drive under the influence.