Ten thousand dollars is a lot of money, but compared to what our family went through after Hubby's head on collision with a drunk driver three years ago, it would have been a walk in the park. I realize that comparing the fines that the drunk driver pays to what their victims have to cope with is comparing apples and oranges...but I can't stop making the comparison. Seems to me like the argument they make in those PSAs should be "You could KILL SOMEONE" or "You could injure someone so badly that they can't do their job anymore" instead of just "It'll ruin your budget and maybe embarrass you" (A friend has explained the logic behind those ads, but it doesn't mean I have to like them.)
Over the past few years, I've heard a lot of horror stories. I may not know much more about the parents of my kids' friends, but I know about their accidents and their injuries. People get hurt. They lose their only means of transportation. If there is insurance, it usually isn't enough to make it better.
As bad as that picture looks, and as bad as it was, my husband is lucky. He'll never be the same as he was before that other driver crossed the center line, but he's alive and on his feet.
I don't think I need to ask any of you not to drink (or take meth or oxycodone) and drive. But maybe we'd all be safer if society didn't treat drunk driving as something that's okay if you don't get caught. Or something that a good lawyer can get you off the hook for.
Please drive safely. And please take a look at your insurance coverage and make sure you've got enough to cover a bad accident. We had a good policy and it still wasn't enough to make up for the medical bills and months of lost wages.