According to Jing Cao on propertycasualty360.com, there is a 77% increase in alcohol-related vehicle crashes in California alone during the Superbowl. The cost for a DUI across the country has been climbing, not only in cash, but in people’s lives. The CDC states that 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. To learn more about why driving under the influence causes so many casualties, click here.
Stay safe this weekend, and drive sober.
Monetary costs for a DUI conviction:
- Car Insurance – Depending on how the incident occurred, if there was property damage, if there were any injuries, etc., your car insurance could raise by hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
- In New Jersey, according to the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, the average costs related to a DUI with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) 0.10% or greater include:
- 300–$500 fine
- $230 IDRC* fee
- $100 to drunk driving fund
- $100 to AERF*
- $1,000/year (for 3 years) surcharge
- $75 to Neighborhood Services Fund
Even if you know that you will drive safe and sober this weekend, be aware of your surroundings. You never know who will get behind the wheel impaired.