Getting a DUI can be incredibly expensive, without even considering the possible property damage and long-lasting injury to self and others. It is estimated that a standard 1st DUI (with no accident) will cost $10,000, before increased insurance costs. (For a more detailed list of the costs and consequences of a DUI, click here.)
But there is an immediate alternative to this expense in ride-hailing apps. If you have alcohol or drugs in your system, request an Uber or Lyft ride. From downtown Sacramento to Roseville or Elk Grove on a weekend night, the ride costs $23-31. To West Sac, the ride is a mere $12. Any one with an Uber/Lyft account can request a ride for themselves or others (18 or older). You can get your friend home safely, instead of hoping he actually was unimpaired as he drives away from your night out. It will save lives, it will save reputations and $25 versus $10K is a deal anywhere.
While we teach our kids, our friends, and ourselves how to drink safely and how to always have a travel plan in place before we drink, let’s also have a safe, easy, inexpensive “Plan B” – to get home and to avoid a DUI.
Also realize that these rides can help those we love get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations. If someone is on a date or at a party where someone else is their ride, they can order an Uber/Lyft and leave if they feel in danger of sexual violence or feel uncomfortable with the legal choices being made. Ride-hailing is a safe, quick way out.
In this season of graduations, celebrations, retirements and summer festivities, help set up ride-hailing accounts for those you love. You can attach them to pre-paid cards (that allow funds to be added) or you can give Uber Gift Cards. We should use these services and encourage others to do the same, rather than to ever risk driving impaired.
If you, or anyone you care for is arrested for a DUI, contact my office anytime day or night – immediately. Mistakes happen, but that mistake can only be complicated by not reaching out for immediate aggressive representation.