What could you spend $13,000 on? Maybe you’re in the market for a newer car, or you’d like to put a down payment on your own home; either way, $13,000 can go a long way to further your life goals and security. That’s why it’s so hard to believe that some people will carelessly throw that kind of money away, and all because they were arrested for drunk driving.
A recent tweet sent out by York Regional Police included a receipt for L’Hotel Regional Police, an interesting way to describe the York Regional jail, and it detailed the financial cost of someone arrested for drunk driving. That cost, approximately $13,000, includes every detail of your potential cost if you make the mistake of driving drunk.
Some of the more expensive items on the bill include $10,000 in legal fees to support you as you go to court and face prosecution for impaired driving. Fines will run you approximately $1,000, Back on Track is $600, and because Ontario is a province where you’re required to install an ignition interlock upon conviction, you’ll have to pay an install and monthly fee for your very own ignition interlock.
York police decided to send out the tweet and include the bill in an attempt to stop drunk drivers. It’s not hard to understand why: people in Ontario, especially the York region, aren’t getting the message about how dangerous drunk driving is. After the Muzzo crash in 2015 it was hoped that people would take that as an example and stop getting behind the wheel drunk. That hasn’t happened, and given the tragic nature of the crash, law enforcement have been surprised at the amount of impaired drivers on the roads.
Tweeting might seem like an unconventional way to stop people from being arrested for drunk driving, but it’s an effective way to get a message out fast. Maybe this bill for drunk driving will do what nothing else has, and that’s stop people from making the choice to drive drunk.