Say No To Drinking And Driving

By: Lorena Cazares

You Need To Define What A DWI Is?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or DWI driving while intoxicated.


The Cost Of DWI


Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a serious and expensive crime, even in the case of a first-time offender age 21 or older in which there is no crash, injury or death.

The minimum cost of a first conviction for DWI in New York State is estimated at $9,500. Similar estimates of minimum costs can be made for other states.

DWI in New York State (Estimated)

Attorney fees: $2,500

Insurance pool surcharge: $4,500

Additional Insurance Cost: $1,500

Fines: $500 (average)

Alcohol Evaluation/Treatment: $500

Minimum Cost: $9,500 1

Other States

New Jersey: $9,185 2

Texas: $10,707 3

Washington: $7,700 4

Missouri: $4,686 5

Louisiana: $4,500 6

To find an estimate from another state for the minimum cost of a DWI, simply enter “DWI Conviction Cost” and the name of the state in a search engine such as Google.



5 Facts About Drinking And Driving

  1. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  2. Every 53 minutes in America, a life is lost in a drunk driving crash; that equates to 27 people every day.
  3. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured from a drunk driving incident.
  4. In 2011, 9,878 people were victims of drunk drivers.
  5. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly one-third of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.


30 Ways That DWI Can Affect You

  1. ILLEGAL STOP OF PERSON OR VEHICLE
  2. WEAVING INSIDE THE LANES IS NOT ILLEGAL
  3. ANONYMOUS REPORT OF DRUNK DRIVING
  4. STANDARD FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING IS INACCURATE
  5. NON-STANDARDIZED FIELD TESTS ARE INVALID
  6. BREATH TESTING IS INACCURATE
  7. BOOKING ROOM VIDEOS
  8. IN-SQUAD VIDEOS
  9. FAILURE TO PROVIDE SPEEDY TRIAL
  10. POLICE BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
  11. HOSPITAL BLOOD TEST INACCURATE
  12. BREATH TEST OPERATOR UNLICENSED
  13. BREATHALYZER MACHINE MALFUNCTIONS
  14. BREATH TEST OPERATOR LICENSE EXPIRED
  15. BREATH TEST DEVICE NOT APPROVED
  16. FAILURE TO PROVE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
  17. INDEPENDENT WITNESSES
  18. FAILURE TO MIRANDIZE
  19. FIELD SOBRIETY TEST IMPROPERLY ADMINISTERED
  20. OFFICER’S PRIOR DISCIPLINARY RECORD
  21. PORTABLE BREATH TEST INADMISSIBLE
  22. PORTABLE BREATH TEST IMPROPERLY ADMINISTERED
  23. FAILURE TO CONDUCT OBSERVATION PERIOD
  24. EXPERT WITNESSES
  25. MEDICAL AND HEALTH PROBLEMS
  26. BAD WEATHER
  27. LACK OF PROBABLE CAUSE TO ARREST
  28. ILLEGAL SEARCH
  29. PRIOR INCONSISTENT STATEMENTS BY POLICE OFFICERS
  30. POST-DRIVING ABSORPTION OF ALCOHOL


You Need To List 5 Ways To Avoid Drinking And Driving

  • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a friend who is sober to drive.
  • Stay over at the location of the activity.
  • Call law enforcement officials to report impaired drivers. Drivers can dial #77 to report drink drivers.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Take a cab or have someone escort you to your front door if you are intoxicated and traveling on foot.