As a New Yorker, you probably enjoy a few drinks every now and then to celebrate, wind down after a long day or watch the Knicks drop a game. However, driving while under the influence of alcohol can result in a DUI ticket. A DUI can cost you more than you think.
BACtrack outlines the various costs of a DUI. You lose your ability to drive temporarily with a DUI conviction and must then pay for public transportation. In addition to the costs of urban transport, you must factor in the additional time to move about your day.
You can expect to pay about $9,500 in New York for a conviction and that is for a first-time offender. Not to mention that your employer may not want you working for them any longer with a DUI on your record. This is especially true for those relying on their driving abilities for work.
Your auto insurance rates can increase or cancel altogether. The police may impound your vehicle. Even if not convicted, you can expect to pay legal fees, probation fees, counseling and education program fees, court costs and bail.
You may also need an ignition interlock device for a period of time in order to operate your vehicle. These devices are not only expensive but also inconvenient and often embarrassing to use. Many people experience guilt and embarrassment over receiving a DUI even without a conviction.
Driving under the influence is expensive and more costly with each conviction.