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Money Matters: The high cost of a DUI

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Money Matters: The high cost of a DUI

 

When a person chooses to drink and drive, they are taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of others. But along with the high cost of a crime comes the actual cost of big money.

"Most people that get DUIs are regular people. They're at happy hour or having a drink coming home from work. They're just normal people. Not real criminals," said attorney Ted Hollander.

Hollander handles DUI arrest cases for The Ticket Clinic.

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"It's pretty traumatic for a regular person to get arrested, be taken to jail, have to post a bond and now be in the middle of the criminal justice system. It's pretty devastating for people," said Hollander.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly every hour someone dies in a car crash involving alcohol, and the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes is more than $44 billion.

If you get a DUI, paying the ticket is just the very beginning of your financial obligations

"If you factor everything in: insurance increases, loss of work, court costs, fines, attorney's fees, on and on and on, it's maybe $15,000," said Hollander.

Many states require DUI offenders to use ignition interlock devices, which are like breathalyzers in your car. You have pay to install and maintain them.

A DUI will stay on your criminal record and it will show up in background checks. You will not be able to escape the drunk driving label.

Bottom line? Do not pay thousands of dollars or risk anyone's life by driving impaired. Uber is a bargain in comparison.

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. The Red Rose Diner, Route 22 in Phillipsburg, has announced that it will close its doors May 2. 

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· GEICO has opened an office in the Broadcasting Square shopping center, 2733 Papermill Road, Suite X3, in Spring Township. Office hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

· Bimbo Bakeries USA has earned the EPA's Energy Star certification for superior energy efficiency at 15 of its bakeries, including the one that produces Maier's Bakery items in southwest Reading's Oakbrook neighborhood.

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