DUI Will Cost The Same Amount Just Like Taking Your Family For A Treat To Maasai Maara

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If you have $14,000, you can take your family for a vacation to Kenya, visit Maasai Maara and even go to Mombasa with the SGR and still have a balance. The same money is enough to put a downpayment to buy a truck or a house. Any of the above options is a better way to spend $14,000 than paying for a DUI.

Drinking and driving is one of the worst thing a person can do for it will cost you more than just money as you can kill someone, and spend 10 years in jail, or worst still,… you loose your dear life.

All that is done by spending less than $50 on alcohol with friends who after leaving the drinking places are no longer your friends.  $50 to pay an attorney later $14000 may sound ridiculous but that is exactly what happens in America and yet many drink and drive without thinking of the consequences. It is simply like committing inviting agony to dwell in you for the rest of your life        

Cost of Life

In 2018, in the state of Georgia alone, there were 2,018 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 1,022 deaths. Over a thousand people had their lives cut short, many of them being innocent victims who paid the ultimate price for someone else’s mistake. Drunk driving often leads to terrible, irreversible consequences and by all logics, it’s not worth the risk.

It is OK to drive to associate with friends but if you drink more than one sip of beer or any type of alcohol, do not attempt to drive back home for that could be your last day. The wisest thing to do is to just park your car and call a carb to take you home or have someone completely sober to drop you.

Kenyan Parents In USA established that every year, there are 247 DUI arrests in USA involving Kenyans and between the year 2018 and 2019 at least 12 Kenyans had alcohol related accidents where 6 were fatal.

Cost of Freedom

If you’re convicted of driving under the influence, life as you know it will get worse for a while. You could be assigned up to 100 hours of community service. You know what’s better than spending your Saturday mornings picking up garbage? Almost anything else. You could even get jail time. If you like having the freedom to wear, eat, and do what you want, avoid that jail life. Don’t drink and drive.

 Life is better without DUI convictions.

Financial Cost

As mentioned earlier, DUI’s simply cost a whole lotta money. We’re talkin’ legal fees, fines, increased insurance premiums, and bail. The total bill can easily reach $14,000. That’s not even counting the money you’re missing out on via lost wages. Every day you spend in jail, doing community service, or going to court is a day you could have spent making money at work or just enjoying life.

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Statistics On Georgia Car Crashes

The following statistics come from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Crash Analysis, Statistics and Information Notebook 2008.

  • Number of traffic accidents: 342,534
  • Number of persons injured in traffic accidents: 133,555
  • Number of traffic deaths: 1,703
  • Average crashes per day: 1,198

Types of vehicles involved in Georgia car accidents:

  • Passenger cars: 369,661 
  • Pickup trucks: 100,637
  • SUV’s: 96,051
  • Vans: 39,732
  • Tractor trailers: 13,275
  • Single unit large trucks: 7,866
  • Motorcycles and motorized bikes: 4,180
  • Bus: 3,285
  • Vehicle with trailer: 2,923
  • Panel truck: 2,153
  • Truck tractor: 1,004
  • Bicycle: 937
  • Other: 6,635

Georgia traffic accident injuries:

  • Number of injury producing crashes: 87,851
  • Number of individuals injured: 133,555

Leading causes of accidents on Georgia roads:

  1. Following too closely
  2. Failure to yield
  3. Driver lost control of vehicle
  4. Improper lane change
  5. Unsafe or illegal speed
  6. Object or animal in roadway
  7. Disregard stop/signal
  8. Weather conditions

Fatal Car Accident Statistics in Georgia

  • Number of fatal collisions: 31,562
  • Number of highway fatalities: 1,703
  • An average of five people a day or 31 people a week die in Georgia accidents.
  • In Georgia, there were 1.53 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles travelled. The U.S rate was 1.42 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles.
  • One out of six traffic fatalities involved a large truck.
  • Rural counties have a higher fatal crash rate.

Leading causes of fatal crashes in Georgia:

  1. Driver lost control
  2. Unsafe or illegal speed
  3. Wrong side of the road
  4. Failure to yield
  5. Alcohol or drug impaired
  6. Driver condition
  7. Following too closely
  8. Disregard stop/signal

Additional Factors in Georgia Accidents    

Speed:

  • Unsafe or illegal speeds were factors in at least one-sixth of Georgia car crashes.
  • Rates of serious injury and death are three times higher in high speed crashes than other car crashes.

Pedestrians:

  • About three pedestrians a week are killed in Georgia. 
  • Pedestrians are 32 times more likely to be killed in motor vehicle crashes than vehicle occupants are. 
  • One out of 16 pedestrians involved in car crashes are killed.

Children:

  • Car accidents are the leading cause of death and injury to children.
  • Child safety seats reduce the risk of injury by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. 

Jean Kamau

Columnist

Kenyan Parents In USA

 

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