As another Christmas approaches, while the usual whirl of social events may not be taking place this year, it is still worth warning against the implications of what a conviction for drink driving could mean to you.
New reports show that the cost of being convicted for drink driving could cost as much as £70,000. Yes, it could be that much. The figure was calculated by IAM Roadsmart, who calculated not only the cost of the initial police fine, but also the knock-on effect of a loss of earnings as a result of a drink-drive conviction.
The sobering news (no pun intended) includes the minimum £2,500 fine and 3 months in jail and the loss of earnings from that, right through to the maximum sentence of £5,000 with six months in jail and a one year driving ban for good measure.
Of course, if you’re going to be convicted, you’ll need to lawyer up, which is going to cost around £11,000 if you are pleading not guilty. Then there is the cost of using public transport during the time of your ban, and the loss of earnings whilst serving your time and unable to work as normal for around 15 months after sentencing.
And of course, all this is before you do get behind a wheel again, when you can expect to pay through the nose for any car insurance company to even consider insuring you. Those costs alone could be as much as £13,500 over the next 5 years.
There is no denying that it has been a rubbish year and if you are able to get to a pub or meet with friends in a place where a few glasses are legally okay, we can understand why you’d want to do that. We all do! But just have someone else drive you or book a taxi and don’t be tempted to just risk it all for the sake of a little festive cheer.