While the holidays are a time of joy and celebration, they are also a time of increased drunk driving incidents. The Orange County Sheriff's Department reminds you to not drink and drive.
AAA of Southern California is offering Tipsy Tow, a free service for members and nonmembers to call for a ride and tow within seven miles of pick-up on New Year's Eve. More information on the cost of a DUI and Tipsy Tow is below.
From AAA's website A first DUI conviction can easily cost you over $12,000
Drinking and driving is a costly gamble. Even on a first offense, you could be looking at over $12,000 in fines, fees, and other expenses.
Estimated costs for first misdemeanor DUI conviction:
Fine (minimum): $390 or more Penalties (typical): $780 Vehicle tow/storage: $187 15-week alcohol education classes: $500 Victim restitution fund: $100 DMV licensing re-issue fee: $125 Booking, fingerprinting, and photo fee: $156 Auto insurance rate increase: $7,424 over a ten year period Attorney fees: $2,500 = $12,162
Additional potential costs:
Up to 48 hours in jail, maybe more Lost work time and wages—or losing your job entirely Medical costs Vehicle or property damage Transportation costs during a 4-month license suspension Cost of an ignition interlock device if required by the court Other court-imposed fines and fees Civil liability
There are approximately 1,500 Californians killed and 30,000 injured each year as a result of drinking and driving. The choice to use alcohol is a legal right granted to adults 21 years of age and over. It’s what you choose to do with that right that makes a difference.
Statistics show that traffic-related fatalities increase significantly around the holidays. As such, the Auto Club sponsors a complimentary Tipsy Tow service on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July, which offers free rides to drivers who have been drinking. Avoid becoming a statistic and help guests stay safe by following these tips:
Ensure all guests have a ride to and from their destination in a car driven by a non-drinking designated driver Plan activities that take the focus away from drinking, and make non-alcoholic beverages readily available Serve high-protein snacks to slow down alcohol absorption Stop serving alcohol at least 90 minutes before a party ends, and serve guests coffee or dessert Take car keys from intoxicated guests who plan to drive home Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to seven miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. Tipsy Tow service is available to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-400-4222.
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