Operating a vehicle after alcohol consumption is a crime for a reason. Alcohol has been proven to impair our coordination, vision, reaction time, and ability to make sound judgments. Mixing alcohol with certain medicines or illicit drugs increases the impairment and makes driving even riskier.
The given infographic presents the legal and financial consequences of driving under intoxication (DUI). If you put together a rough estimate of costs associated with a first-time DUI offense (bail costs, car towing, a fine, the cost of an attorney, potential jail and probation costs, etc.), it can add up to a minimum of $6,000.
Besides the legal problems that follow any accidents or incidents with the police, a person can experience physical injuries and emotional damage. The latter could include anxiety, shame, anger, and guilt. Anxiety can be particularly severe after a serious accident.
AddictionResource authors say it’s important not just to avoid DUI yourself, but to help others to stay safe. If someone you know has been drinking, don’t let him/her drive. Take their keys away and help them find a sober ride home. If you are throwing a party that involves alcohol, encourage your guests to come by taxi or with a designated non-drinking driver.