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Debunking the Most Common DUI Myths That Exist Today

More than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2016.

In addition to that, there were also 111 million self-reported incidences of alcohol-impaired driving.

With these numbers in mind, it’s no surprise that you or a loved one might have had a run-in with the police and gotten a DUI.

Moving forward, it’s helpful to learn the most common DUI myths—and why they’re simply not true. This information can help you or your loved ones avoid making costly and life-altering mistakes in the future.

Keep reading for the debunking.

DUIs Always Cost $10,000

For the most part, this statement is true—but it needs fleshing out.

DUIs often cost up to $10,000 in legal and other fees. But this $10k number leaves out some important considerations. By the end of the process, you may end up shelling out much more than this price tag suggests.

Consider that auto insurance can increase by anywhere from $3,600 to $6,000 a year. Even on the smaller end of things, only three years will need to go by before you’ve paid an additional $10,000 in insurance because of your arrest.

Other fees not included in that number are license reissuing fees, exorbitant DUI attorney fees (unless you use services like this site, which can sometimes cost less), penalty assessments, and so much more.

You Need a BAC of .08 to Be Arrested for DUI

When it comes to DUIs, two numbers tend to stand out—$10,000, and .08.

We’ve just debunked the first number. The second number, .08, is the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) that automatically grants you a DUI arrest if blown on a breathalyzer test.

However, you can get arrested for having a BAC that’s less than .08.

If you blow less than a .08 (also known as a “low blow“), but police officers deem you too impaired to drive upon getting stopped, you can still be arrested for a DUI. That’s why the slogan Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving was created—to ward off individuals from drinking and driving, however little they had.

Additionally, you can get a DUI while under the influence of narcotics, marijuana, etc., with zero alcohol in your system.

You Need to Be Behind the Wheel to Get One

This situation is the most common one—you were driving erratically, got pulled over, and were subsequently arrested for DUI.

However, you can still be arrested while not behind the wheel. Let’s offer an example.

Let’s say you’re bar-hopping with friends. You’ve had a few drinks at one location, then you move onto the next, parking and making your way inside, all the while dancing, laughing, and having fun. If an officer sees you at the second location, considers you to be intoxicated, and knows you just drove there, you can be arrested for DUI, even while just standing in line at club #2.

Learn the ABCs of a DUI

Drinking and driving is never a good idea—and neither is believing any of these common DUI myths.

An officer might be able to arrest you with a BAC of less than .08. They may be able to arrest you even while you’re not actively behind the wheel. And, you might end up paying more than $10,000, depending on your situation.

The myths don’t end there. It’s up to you to arm yourself with the right information.

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