Think how scary Halloween could be!

With the first of the Holidays approaching, it’s important to know distracted driving has become the number one reason for vehicle accidents.  We all know how busy this time of year can be and staying focused when driving must be a priority. During the holiday season, cell phone use and texting increases.  Please consider setting your phone to a ‘do not disturb’ mode when you are driving. Keep in mind, while you may not be texting, the other drivers may be.

It’s also good to understand drinking and driving is no longer acceptable in the U.S.  If you’re out and about this holiday season and it’s going to include alcohol, have a plan.

Designate a driver, take a cab, or Uber.

Shown below is a list of typical expenses associated with first-time DUI offenses, and average costs and penalties. The fees and fines can be significantly higher for repeat DUI offenders, drunk drivers with extreme BAC levels, or drivers who are charged with any number of “aggravating” factors, such as an auto accident in which property damage or injuries to human life occurred.



Bail $150–$2,500
Towing and Impound $100–$1,200
Higher Insurance Premiums $4,500-$10,000
Defense Attorney $2,500-$5,000
Court Fines $150-$1,800
Alcohol Treatment/Education $1,000-$2,500
Licensing Fees $150
Jail Fee $10-$50
Jail Time $330
Sentencing $250
Chemical Testing Fee $90
Probation Supervision $600-$1,200
Ignition Interlock Device $500-$1,500
License Reinstatement $21-$100
Community Service Supervision Fee $60
Alternate Transportation $100-$1,000
TOTAL $13,000–$27,000

Please Note: These fees do not include hospital care for injured persons, emotional recovery costs, damaged job and career prospects, or lawsuit awards resulting from a death, which would likely be in the millions of dollars.

Be intentional when driving during the holiday season – and always. With some planning, the season can be a safe one for all, on the roads.

Until next time…Work Safe, Be Safe!

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