The Cost of Your First DUI
- 1 year without a driver’s license (under 21)
- 4 months without a license (21 and older)
- $10,000 in fees and fines
- 48 hours jail time
- 3 years probation
- 10 years with 2 points on driving record
- Loss of “good driver” status for 10 years
- Significant annual auto insurance increase or cancellation
- 15 weeks DUI classes
- Lots of time at the DMV
- Worst of all: Lifelong guilt if you hurt or kill another person
These days, state DUI laws are truly sobering. Know your state's law, and separate fact from fiction.
The greatest cost of a DUI? Lifelong guilt if you hurt or kill another person.
The greatest cost of driving under the influence is the 17,000 lives lost every year in alcohol related car crashes. RCPD encourages you to know the serious consequences of DUI offenses by knowing the law. Learn more.
Separating fact from fiction:
Can coffee really make you sober?
What kind of food slows down the effect of alcohol consumption?
Which is more intoxicating, wine or hard liquor?
You've probably heard all sorts of answers to these questions.
Here are the facts:
- A 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine and a 1.5-ounce shot of straight 80 proof liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol, so their effect on the body is the same.
- Alcohol is a factor in about one-half of all fatal traffic collisions in the United States.
- Alcohol-related traffic injuries cost U.S. taxpayers about $15 billion per year.
- Studies indicate that two in five Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
Nationally in 2003, there were 17,013 alcohol-related fatality crashes. This represents an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 31 minutes. In 2003, California had 1,626 alcohol-related deaths.
- In 2003, 31% of teen drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking and 74% of this group had not been wearing a safety belt.
- Unlike most foods, alcohol can be absorbed into the bloodstream in its natural state. It is carried to the brain immediately, where it impairs judgment, then physical responses.
- A full stomach cannot prevent alcohol from being absorbed - only slow it down. Rich, starchy, high-protein foods slow absorption the most.
- Salty foods make people thirsty, so they tend to drink more.
Factors that increase the effects of alcohol are fatigue, lack of food, emotions, health, prescription and non-prescription drugs. Therefore, drivers should not rely on alcohol consumption charts or guides to gauge their fitness to drive.
- Only time rids the body of alcohol, at a fairly steady rate of about one drink per hour. Drinking coffee, running or taking a shower won't help to speed up the elimination of alcohol from the bloodstream.
- The ability to do two things at once - such as braking and steering is impaired at a blood alcohol content (BAC) of only 0.02%.
In California, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 or more. The safest and wisest course is not to drink at all if you plan to drive.