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High cost of DUI may deter some from drinking and driving

In Utah, even someone with a first-time DUI can face thousands of dollars in fines, and other consequences.
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    December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- High cost of DUI may deter some from drinking and driving

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is dangerous, and that it injures and kills thousands of people in the United States every year. Drinking and driving is even a problem in Utah. The Utah Department of Public Safety reported that about 16 percent of traffic fatalities could be attributed to drunk driving. There were over 12,500 DUI arrests in the state last year.

While all states have laws regarding drunk driving, the severity of the laws vary from state to state. Some states have strict penalties for DUIs, while others focus on treatment and recovery programs for first-time offenders. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests that alcohol intervention and rehabilitation programs are effective in reducing many incidents of drunk driving and crashes. However, other methods to curb drunk driving, such as requiring an ignition interlock device and driver's license suspension, have also been shown to reduce drunk driving.

Strict penalties can cost thousands

In Utah, even someone with a first-time DUI can face thousands of dollars in fines, and other consequences that can last for years. The estimated total cost for fines and fees for a DUI is about $10,000, says the Utah Department of Public Safety. Drivers with a DUI conviction also face increased high-risk insurance rates, the installation of an ignition interlock device and even jail time.

These penalties aim to prevent the type of accident that results in severe injuries or death, as with the case of an accident that occurred in Utah County last summer. Driving in Israel Canyon, a woman lost control of her Jeep and rolled 50 feet down an embankment before landing upside down, said KSL News. One of her passengers was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The woman was arrested for DUI. In addition to the usual DUI charges, people who have caused an accident that resulted in the injury or death of someone else face severe penalties, including prison time.

Contacting an attorney

Nobody wants to cause an accident that hurts someone else, but nobody wants to face the high costs of a DUI or prison time either. Those who have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving have the right to be represented fairly in court, and may be able to dispute some charges. Those who were involved in incidents that didn't hurt someone else may be able to participate in treatment programs that can help them avoid making the decision to drink and drive in the future. An experienced drunk driving defense attorney will know about many of these life-saving programs, and will also be able to help someone with a drunk driving charge understand what they are facing.

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