Hines Ward was arrested in Georgia around
4am on Saturday morning, July 9, 2011, for drunken driving. ESPN reported that
he was released after paying a $1.300.00 bond. Ward has since stated he
If you read anything about this story you generally find that people are
very surprised that it is Hines
Ward in this story and not someone else.
After all, he has been involved in so many positive things. He just won
the Dancing With The Stars competition. Ward was recently named an
honorary Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Ward's charity
"Helping Hands Foundation" brings biracial children from Korea to the
United States to experience Pittsburgh or even a football game.
However, there aren't many of us who have never made a poor decision.
Drunk driving is most definitely a poor decision and irresponsible for
many reasons, primarily because of the fact that you are putting yourself
and others at risk of serious bodily injury or death.
MSN Money reports that "a typical DUI
costs about $10,000 by the time you pay bail, fines, fees and insurance,
even if you didn't hit anything or hurt anybody." If we simply look at the
financial implications of drunk driving there are many reasons to avoid
this act altogether.
1. Increase in insurance premium
Once your insurance company finds out about your DUI conviction you can
expect your rates to go up significantly (if they don't drop you
altogether). Various factors, such as the severity of the occurrence and
your driving history, will play a role in determining the actual premium
2. Drunk driving fines
In addition to other penalties there is always a fine for drunk driving.
Fines vary by state. Again, in Pennsylvania, your blood alcohol content
determines the amount of fine, which can be as low as $300.00 or as high
3. Suspension of your license
In the state of Georgia, where Hines
Ward was arrested, being convicted of
driving under the influence results in your driver's license being
suspended. In Pennsylvania, his home state, the penalties are based on
your blood alcohol concentration. Anything over .1 results in a minimum 12
month license suspension. Some jobs are dependent on your ability to hold
a current license and clean record. Delivery drivers, truck drivers, bus
drivers, etc. Losing your license could mean losing your job.
4. Jail time and / or court hearings
Depending on the severity of your impairment you could be sentenced up to
several days in jail. What if you need to be at work tomorrow? You may
also need to miss work in order to attend your court hearing. Depending on
your job situation this could take away from your pay or even lead to
losing your job.
5. Other costs
Don't forget towing, bail, cost of the police evaluating you, license
reinstatement fee, and the cost of attending court ordered alcohol
It just doesn't make any sense to drive drunk.