We as a society are almost upon information overload when it comes to the dangers of drinking and driving. Unfortunately, we continue to ignore the true message of long term impacts to how the simple act of one too many can be detrimental to our futures. Here are three reasons illustrating why drinking and driving has far reaching impacts.
- Legal Problems – There are acceptable levels of alcohol consumption. Through scientific research and well documented evidence, there are levels at which we are susceptible to slow reactions and poor decisions due to alcohol consumption. These levels are often the legal limit. If you get pulled over for driving under the influence, there are consequences. Your driver’s license can be suspended. Your attendance at defensive driving classes and alcohol rehab may be required. In some instances, jail time may even occur.
- Car Insurance Rate Increases – Industry research has shown car insurance could triple perhaps even quadruple for those with an record of driving under the influence. Once convicted of a DUI, it will likely impact your insurance rates for the next three to five years at a minimum. Some insurance companies will drop your account upon arrest, regardless of conviction. Other insurances will choose not to renew or elevate your insurance into a high risk pool.
- Career Impacts – A DUI remains on your criminal record for employers to see when they do a background check. It will affect your professional licensure if you are a doctor, stockbroker, airline pilot, lawyer or nurse. Having a suspended drivers license will impede your ability to drive to work. Another consideration is the amount of time away from the job which will be needed for court dates, community service, and perhaps a jail sentence.
In conclusion, drinking and driving has far reaching consequences which can impact your wallet, your livelihood, and your freedom. When considering the long term impacts, perhaps it would be best to designate a driver, calling a sober friend, or even taking a cab ride home instead of risking a DUI.
This information is for general purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.