The new DUI law, which grants first-time offenders more options for keeping their licenses after a DUI, went into effect on July 1. It allows drivers to seek permits to drive if they purchase an ignition interlock device (IID), a form of in-car breathalyzer that prevents a car from starting or continuing unless a sober driver blows into it. The IID must be purchased by the driver, adding yet another fee to the roughly $10,000 a DUI costs.
The True Cost of DUI
The financial burden of a DUI and the jail time are not the biggest costs associated with drunk driving, though – that would be the potential for serious injury or death. According to the CDC, 3,699 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in Georgia from 2003 to 2012. Dedicated efforts have led to a reduction in drunk driving and alcohol-related fatal accidents; however, millions still make the choice to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
If a loved one has died in a drunk driving crash caused by a negligent driver, you should know that the criminal proceedings against the driver are separate from any civil action you take against the driver such as a wrongful death lawsuit. This is important knowledge because you have limited time to seek legal action against a drunk driver for injury or wrongful death. Speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so you don’t miss any deadlines.