CAA Quebec: first-offence DUI can cost $7,000
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Although we'd like to think that everybody understands that drinking and driving is a horrible idea and everyone promises they'll never do it again, that would be completely naive. But if common sense doesn't have an impact, perhaps real dollars and cents will. According to CAA Quebec, a first-time offense of driving under the influence (DUI) can cost $7,000.
The organization breaks it down this way: The minimum fine - the minimum - is $1,000 and the minimum amount of time your drivers licence is suspended for is 90 days. Three months! Minimum. Think about the cost of taking taxis, transit, carpooling, etc., for three months. And that also includes anything with an engine including motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats and planes.
Also, in Quebec, convicted drivers are also required to attend an alcohol rehab program that runs for $300.
Additionally, your insurance premiums may increase by as much as 400 per cent in the first year, taking at least an extra $3,000 out of your pocket. And CAA Quebec also reminds you that these charges stay on your criminal record, which can make it difficult to travel outside of Canada too.
Their advise? Easy. Take transit, cabs, use free programs like Operation Red Nose, which gives you a lift home from wherever you are if you've been drinking. And if you're a CAA Quebec member, you are qualified for one free drive home from them too.
So let's be smart this year, right?
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