Planning a night in the city this weekend? Likely included in your plans are transportation from destination to destination. While driving is usually people’s go-to option, if you plan on drinking, plan on not driving. Instead of taking risks such as letting a friend drive, people should consider taking a cab or rideshare. There is a massive difference between the monetary cost of receiving a DUI and paying for rideshare. Yet, for some reason, people still risk driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The goal of this post is to educate the public on its options for safe transportation in Chicago that allows them to avoid the cost of a DUI.
Cost Of A Rideshare
Everyone loves a fun night in Chicago, but all too often fun nights are ruined by drunk drivers. It may seem annoying or out of budget to pay for rideshare, but it does not compare to the cost of a DUI. In fact, data from 2019 suggests typical rideshare in Chicago is quite budget-friendly. According to the data “26 percent of trips were $5, 21 percent were $7, and 14 percent was $10.” Most of these trips are within the city, so for people who live outside of the city, the cost will be higher. However, even with higher costs, rideshare guarantees you will avoid any DUI penalties.
Cost Of A DUI
Since the purpose of this post is to highlight the difference in cost between DUI and rideshare, we will leave other consequences out for now. Bodily harm and death are obviously much worse scenarios for anyone involved drivers. With that being said, in Illinois a DUI conviction will cost a driver around $3000, depending on severity and frequency. This means people with previous violations on record, especially at-fault accidents drives the cost of a DUI up. A major factor in those costs is your auto insurance. A company will raise your rates for DUI’s, and a court will make you take out a Sr-22 policy.