Drink driving is a terrible thing to do, but when youre drunk and the car is in simple reach it can be awfully tempting. Driving means you save money on a taxi, but saving in the short term doesnt mean youll be saving in the long term if you get caught. It can actually cost you a lot of money in various ways. Drink driving is inherently stupid, and it can affect your life for the worse.. Thats why you need to do your all to make sure that it does not happen. It is a blight, but you need to be logical. Money makes the world go around, so one of the better incentives to not drink drive is by thinking of the monetary requirements as a result. You may know of the wider costs, but then again you may not.
Of course if you get caught you may need to fork out for help in various ways. This help will invariably cost you money in some way. Youll need to look for help in a legal sense if the issue at hand is serious, criminal defense and dui attorneys can defend you. Though you will need to fork out and there isnt any guarantee they will be successful. If you are taken to court you could use a state provided defender, but they may not be as good, you want the best defending you.
Youll also be losing money if you are slapped with a fine. They vary in cost from state to state and country to country, but they will put a strain on your finances no matter what. Some countries scale the cost to your income, so you could be paying a lot out in the form of a fine if you get caught and found guilty. You could lose your vehicle too by being banned for a certain amount of time. Which would mean you need to fork out for public transport. Another key point that will raise your monthly outgoings.
If you are banned, and your job relies on you being able to drive, such as a taxi driver or a long haul trucker, you could be looking for a new job, which is the biggest strain on finance of all. You wont be bringing any money in until you find another job. If your experience all lies within driving, which for some it does, then that could prove difficult.
You could also end up being sued. If you lose it could cost you a lot of money that could literally bankrupt you. If you hurt someone in a crash or hit property, they may claim back for it and as you were proven to be drunk they will usually win. It could vary in what they are claiming for, but if the injury was serious you could be in for a big hit Your insurance might cover it, it depends what kind of cover you have got.
Even if you dont get banned you will end up paying more out because your insurance premiums will climb ever higher due to your liability. People with points on their license pay more for their insurance. This will stay with you for a few years until they drop off.