Drinking, driving consequences costly in many ways

For those who make the dire mistake of drinking and driving, the website of the Texas Department of Public Transportation says that a first-time DWI conviction can result in a maximum fine of $2,000, up to six months in jail, a suspended driver’s license for up to one year and $1,000 every year for three years to keep your driver’s license. Those first three penalties double if you are convicted of a second DWI, and the cost to keep your driver’s license increases to $1,500 every year for three years. A third DWI conviction is a felony and can bring a maximum $10,000 fine, plus 2 to 10 years in prison (not jail) and a suspended driver’s license for up to two years.