10 Reasons not to Drive Impaired by Alcohol/Drugs & Helpful Resources

Driving impaired is a situation you don’t want to find yourself in. Not only is drinking alcohol and driving illegal, but most US states have penalties similar to alcohol for driving impaired from illegal drug use or prescription drugs. If you are impaired because of a controlled substance and get behind the wheel, you are putting yourself and everyone around you at risk. In case you needed a reason not to do it; here are 10;

Problems with Driving Under the Influence

Stop Driving Impaired or:

  1. You May Kill Someone

In 2014 almost 10,000 people were killed due to impaired driving, representing 1/3 of all fatal auto accidents in the US. 18% of fatal accidents included the use of drugs other than alcohol usually in combination with alcohol.

  1. You will Lose Your License

For a first offense for a DUI under 0.15% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) in most states you will lose your driving privileges for a mandatory 2 days to 6 months. In states without a mandatory minimum, generally you will lose extensive privileges having access only to a restricted or limited license.

  1. Insurance Costs will Explode

For the next three years you will be considered a ‘high risk’ driver and most insurance companies will ensure their risk is covered by charging significantly more for a policy with them. Typically these rates will increase by $1000-$1500 per year for the first three years, but will not drop to your pre-DUI rates even after the three years.

  1. You Will Pay Immediately

DUIs cost drivers in a number of ways and not just increased insurance costs. Do you know how does DUI affect insurance? You will pay fines, license reinstatement fees, costs of alternate transportation, substance abuse programs, attorney fees, bail and towing and impound fees among others. The average immediate costs to a driver are between $5,000-$20,000 depending on your age and state.

  1. Suffer a Job Loss

A DUI can often land you in jail with varying time periods depending on the state you reside in. On second and subsequent offenses these jail time periods often equate to significant amounts of time. If you are in an industry that demands strict ethics, both of these factors may end up costing you your job.

  1. Suffer Poor Driving Skills

Even if you do not get charged with a DUI or cause an accident with another vehicle your ability to drive safely will be severely hampered. Your judgement, concentration, comprehension, coordination, vision and hearing acuity and reaction time all suffer from alcohol consumption.

  1. Children May be in Danger

Transporting minors while driving impaired can have disastrous consequences. You are also instilling poor values in these children as they watch you drive impaired.

  1. Experience an Altered Lifestyle

If you drive impaired and get into an extreme accident causing severe injury or death to others, your life will never be the same. Not only will you have to live with the mental anguish of the accident but you may be barred from driving, suffer catastrophic financial ruin and become a pariah within your community.

  1. You Will Get Caught

1.4 million drivers are arrested for DUI every year. Chemical refusal penalties in most states mean that even if you refuse to take a sobriety test, you will receive the same or more often harsher penalties for failing to take the tests.

  1. You May Die

Plain and simple.

Help Yourself with these DUI Resources

Drivers and anyone else concerned can find out more about the laws governing driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs and illegal substances. They can also learn about where they can get help. Having a problem isn’t as bad as knowing you have a serious problem but doing nothing about it.

List of Non Standard Auto Insurance Companies

Full Chart of DUI Penalties by US State

BAC Effects on Your Driving Ability

Alcohol Responsibility Organization

Great Infographic on the Top DUI Statistics

Get Help Near You with Alcoholics Anonymous

Support for Family Members or Friends of Alcoholics

AAA Offers a Safe Ride Program to Get Home Safe When Impaired

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