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Calculating the cost of DUI

The rate of alcohol-related crashes has gone down in the state of Pennsylvania in recent years. Although there were over 11,000 crashes that occurred as a result of a driver being under the influence of alcohol in 2011, that number dropped to 10,558 by 2015. 

There are a number of reasons to avoid driving a vehicle while intoxicated. When the police arrest someone for DUI, that person may face jail time and other consequences that last for years. However, there are also the financial costs associated with a DUI that can genuinely bankrupt a person. 

Increases insurance rates

The state will suspend a driver's license for a period of time, but when drivers get it back and can get behind the wheel again, they will face higher insurance premiums. Depending on which auto insurance provider they have, their insurance rate with a DUI can increase by thousands of dollars. For some people, this may be enough to make owning a car completely undoable. 

Alcohol education

One common component of going through DUI rehabilitation involves going to classes. These courses are not free, and a person will have to pay out of his or her own pocket to go to the court-mandated appointments. 

Ignition lock

When people can drive again, they may need to have an ignition lock installed in their vehicle to drive it. The average cost for this lock can hover around $250. 

Lost wages

Another aspect people going through the DUI court process do not recognize is the time they need to take off from work. In the event an employer does not fire someone for the DUI, he or she will still need to take many days off work to go to court or to go to alcohol education classes. People paid hourly can end up losing a lot of money simply because they cannot work during this time. 

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