I don't understand why some people can be so stupid and drink and drive. Especially if you can afford a cab, uber, limo, etc. I admit, when I was a teenager I drank and drove a few times and I'm so thankful I never got in an accident or got a ticket. I was beyond STUPID back then and thankfully wouldn't dream of doing that anymore.
Article states that Michael is also involved in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Sad...
I'm with you, I don't get it either. The cost of DUI's in most states is in the several thousands of $, so any cab or hotel room wouldn't even be close to what is at stake. I do believe there are people who get caught the first time they drink and drive, but I think those are rare. Most are habitual and only a matter of time before they get caught. A couple of years ago, I remember DH telling me about someone who worked at his company. He had 2 DUI's within a week of one another in two different states. Since he was driving a company vehicle, they had to fire him since he broke the rules. From what I remember hearing from DH, he went into rehab, came out, started drinking again, and his wife left him. Sad. Obviously he had issues.
When we lived in IL, people charged with DUI would be in the local papers. From time to time we would see names of people we recognized, mainly from the school or neighborhood. I remember seeing the penalties and thinking "who in their right mind would drink and drive". One dad in our neigborhood, who I didn't know, but lived nearby, was caught in the middle of the day with preschool kids in the car from what I remember. Now that is a problem drinker I would think.
I found this article which breaks down costs. It's an eyeopener.
The cost of a DUI conviction varies by state, but in every state the cost runs into the thousands of dollars. In New York, for example, the estimated minimum cost for a first DUI conviction is $9,500. The state of Illinois estimates the average DUI cost at $14,660.
A DUI conviction can also lead to the loss of a job, especially if the job requires driving a motor vehicle. The conviction may remain on the offender’s record for 10 years.
I can't imagine what the penalties are if you end up injuring or killing someone. Sad.