October 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- For many Virginia drivers, having a few drinks and driving home afterwards doesn't seem like that big of a deal. However, the effects of drinking and driving can have a significant effect on the driver and others on the road. In 2011, there were 5,465 vehicle accidents where alcohol was involved and 224 drunk driving
fatalities in Virginia, states the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.
Drunk driving laws
To reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents, injuries and fatalities, the state of Virginia enacted a law in 2012 that requires anyone convicted of driving drunk to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicle, according to MADD. This device prohibits drivers from starting their vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration level is higher than 0.02 percent.
As a result of this new law, the number of individuals that are required to install this court-ordered device in their vehicle has risen by 75%. After this new law was enacted, 8,500 drivers that received a DUI were required to install ignition interlock system in their vehicle during the first 11 months after this law went into effect, says ABC7. Virginia joins 15 other states in the nation that have similar ignition interlock laws as a consequence of drunk driving.
This ignition interlock system is not inexpensive. The Washington Post states that using this system for a six month period costs $480. In addition to the installation of the mandatory ignition interlock system for first time DUI offenders, individuals charged with a DUI
for the first time are also required to pay a $250 fine and face getting their driver's license revoked for a minimum of one year, according to Virginia state law.
The cost of a DUI
Legal fines for a DUI and the cost of an ignition interlock system are not the only costs that individuals that are charged with drunk driving face. Drunk drivers may also face additional fees for:
- Increased insurance costs.
- The price of towing their vehicle if arrested.
- Bail if put in jail.
- Legal fees.
To prevent the extensive costs associated with drinking and driving and to prevent injuries and fatalities, drivers should be responsible when drinking alcohol. If you are planning to drink at a party or an event, arrange for a designated driver or call a taxi if you cannot find someone to drive you home. If you see a friend that is drunk and attempting to drive home, don't be afraid to take and hide their keys from them and encourage them to find another mode of transportation home.
If you recently received a DUI and are facing the extensive costs associated with this legal charge, contact a DUI attorney that can fight for your best interests.
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