Tow To Go Program
According to the AAA website: Since 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and the Midwest. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Budweiser provide this program to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives of other motorists. Tow to Go also enables AAA and Budweiser to remind the public to always plan ahead when celebrating with alcohol. That means choosing a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.
- Free confidential ride available to AAA Members and non-members
- The AAA tow truck transports the vehicle and driver home or somewhere safe within 10 miles
- Tow to Go is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Iowa
This program is available in five states, so no matter where you live be sure to have a back up plan in place. The cost of a DUI is expensive in every way.
How Much Does A DUI Costs
There are lots of costs that contribute to the total for a first-offense DUI. To get a better idea of the cost breakdown, we asked our survey participants for some specifics. Here’s what they told us:
- Attorney’s fees. On average, our readers paid $1,900 in attorney fees and expenses. This average includes responses from those who used public defenders rather than privately-hired attorneys.
- Court-ordered fines. The average our readers spent on court fees and fines was $1,100. Of course, our survey respondents who weren’t convicted of a DUI probably didn’t pay much, if anything, in this category.
- Car insurance increases. Most insurance companies will hike your rates if you get a DUI. Our readers reported an average of $800 per year in increased car insurance premiums.
- Traffic school and substance abuse education courses. As part of sentencing or license reinstatement requirements, drivers often must do traffic school or substance abuse education. On average, our survey respondents paid $360 for these types of courses.
- Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fees. Oftentimes, a DUI arrest has consequences related to the driver’s license and vehicle registration. And there are usually DMV fees associated with these consequences. For instance, when the DMV suspends a driver’s license, there’s typically a reinstatement fee. Our readers paid an average of $260 in DMV fees.
- Ignition interlock devices (IIDs). Some states require first offenders to install IIDs on their vehicles. Most of the time, the defendant has to foot the bill for installation of and maintaining the device. IIDs cost our survey respondents $170 on average.
- Towing and storage. If you’re arrested for a DUI and you don’t have a sober passenger who can safely drive your car home, chances are it’ll be towed. Our survey participants paid an average of $170 in towing and storage fees.
- Bail. If you get arrested for a DUI and put in jail, you probably want to get out as soon as possible. The average our readers spent to bail out of jail was $150.
Though costs vary depending on the circumstances of the case, the bottom line is that DUIs are expensive. If you get arrested for a DUI—even if you aren’t ultimately charged or convicted—you’re likely to spend quite a bit before it’s all over.
Hoping everyone chooses what is best for themselves this St. Patrick's Day and enjoy being Irish for one day.
Sourced from drivinglaws.org and AAA.com
A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp