Drinking and driving is unacceptable. We all know that. But that doesn’t stop way too many people from doing it anyway. Want to save a few bucks by driving yourself home at 2 AM after a few drinks? Not worth it.
In New York City, your Lyft price from Washington Square Park to Hell’s Kitchen is $12. Getting a DWI on that drive can cost you upward of $8,000.
Still need convincing? Here’s the costly bill when you drink and drive:
+ $50 to tow your car.
+ $45 for each day your car is impounded.
+ $250 to get bailed out of jail.
+ $500–$1,000 fine.
+ $260 for a surcharge on your conviction.
+ $1,500 for an attorney, if your case doesn’t go to trial.
+ $3,000 per year for increased insurance premiums.
+ $300 to attend an impaired-driver program.
+ $750 for a driver responsibility assessment.
+ $700 for an ignition interlock device.
+ $100 to restore your license after six months.
= Almost $8,000.
The cost is more than just fines and fees. Consider the time you’ll lose due to meeting with your attorney and sitting in court, plus possibly going to jail and having a DWI on your driving record for 10 years.
Let Lyft Be Your Designated Driver
When Lyft is your DD, you don’t have to worry about figuring out who’s driving. Just use the Lyft app and get a safe ride home at the end of the night — every time.
Sources: New York Department of Motor Vehicles and Stop DWI New York. Some figures are estimates and your cost may vary.
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