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The financial impact of a drunk driving offense is brutal

Back in the middle of the 1980s, drunk driving accidents had reached epidemic proportions. They were happening far too frequently, and there were far too many people losing their lives in these wrecks. We have improved our safety rules and our DUI laws since then, and so this largely-awful past is somewhat forgotten. But a recent study looked back at those times, and how far we have come since then, to produce some amazing financial figures in regards to the U.S. economy and drunk driving accidents.

Since the 80s, we have cut drunk driving accidents in half, and this has led to three distinct economic boosts in that time: economic output has risen by $20 billion, our national income has increased $6.5 billion, and the economy has added some 215,000 jobs as a result of the decreased number of accidents that involve alcohol. Though these stats are a little vague, the overall message is clear -- reducing drunk driving accidents has been a boon for the U.S. economy.

While we're on the subject of finances and drunk driving, it's also important to take a look at the other side of the topic in this study. The accidents that still do happen often leave the suspected drunk driver in financial ruin.

Between the fines, court fees, impounding and towing fees, the mind-boggling rise in insurance premiums, and many other potential financial factors involved in a DUI, it is easy to see why people who get a DUI have a tough time recovering from the charge. At the very least, people charged with DUI need a lawyer to minimize the damage of the charge.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Report claims that cutting drunk driving crashes in half has boosted U.S. economy by $20 billion," Mark Johnson, April 30, 2015

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