What are your plans for the 4th of July? Whatever you tell us, it better not include you driving yourself or others while being intoxicated. Even though in the past, you may have driven while intoxicated. You need to get into the habit of not getting behind the wheel after having a drink. There is no excuse anymore!
There are so many safer transportation options at your disposal. You can designate a sober driver. You can arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up. You can walk, if the distance to your next destination is short enough. You can take public transportation as long as you are still composed and collected. You can call a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. In fact, you can sometimes even call the police to take you home.
A first-time DUI can be as much as $50,000, on average. For repeat offenses, that price goes way up. You are paying for increased insurance, license reinstatement, legal fees, vehicle impound fees, and a driver’s course. This $50,000 does not even factor in vehicle or property damages, and medical bills for those who suffer injury or death. Plus, that is only the financial consequence of a DUI. You also will have emotional consequences and time consequences, meaning you will have to spend time away from work and family to appear in court, attend driver’s classes, and more.
Think of it this way: would you rather pay $50,000 for a DUI because you made the poor, irresponsible decision to drive while intoxicated, or would you rather pay a few dollars for an Uber ride? Obviously the latter is the more attractive pick. Besides, since you are leaving it up to a sober individual to drive you home, you can treat yourself to another drink to end the night before heading home safely.