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The Cost of Drinking and Driving
Posted by The Breathalyzer Team on 8/31/2011 to Canadian Law

So you’ve come to the end of the night. You know you shouldn’t drive; you’ve had too much to drink. You check your pockets; you have the remaining $40.00 and your car keys. You look at the $40 and realize it’s all you have left. Cab costs are through the roof right now. Before you even drive anywhere the starting meter is around $5.00, it’s easily gonna cost you $25.00 and what about the late night stop at McDonalds. That would leave you with nothing. Well you decide to drive. Here is the reality of costs associated with drinking and driving:

Lets assume this is a first offense,

  • (over 0.08%) One-year suspension and a $600.00 fine
  • Lawyer fees $5000.00
  • The 6 month remedial program $475.00 (before taxes)
  • The cost of public transportation All in all the first year of your charge will cost you an average of $10,000.00

    After your year of suspension is over and driving priveliges have been re-instated:

  • Insurance premiums are raised by $7000.00 a year, jumping from approximately $3000.00 to $10,000.00 (approximately $850.00 a month)
  • The ignition interlock device will cost you approximately $100.00 a month, equally $1200.00 a year

    So there is the reality, the $40.00 you just tried to save, just cost you about $20,000.00. That is just the basic cost to boot, save yourself the aggravation, keep the Bactrack S80 on hand. The money spent, could be the money saved.

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