If you have been arrested for a Washington County OWI, the main concerns are “how much will a Washington County OWI cost me” and “what are the fines I have to pay for a Washington County OWI?” According to the study published in March 2013 – The Burden Of Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin by Black and Paltzer of the University of Wisconsin, drunk driving and excessive use of alcohol are costly not only to the driver arrested for Drunk Driving in Washington County, but for the community as a whole.
Consequences Related to Alcohol Use in Washington County
According to the study of excessive alcohol use, Washington County was responsible for 34 alcohol-related deaths in 2011. The result of drinking and driving also cause 924 hospitalizations because of alcohol and 1,235 alcohol-related arrests.
Washington County OWI Community Costs
Washington County OWI charges (in 2012) cost $157.2 million. Broken down, a Washington County OWI costs taxpayers about $66 million, excessive drinkers and their families pay about $65 million, and the remaining $25 million is covered by private health insurers, employers, crime victims, etc. This means each Washington County resident pays nearly $1,200.00 a year towards alcohol-related incidents.
Washington County OWI – Where Does the money Go?
Wisconsin’s binge drinking rate of 23%, which is higher than the national average of 16%. Washington County maintains Wisconsin’s average at 23% as well. The high rate of binge drinking is responsible for nearly 76% of the economic cost of excessive alcohol intake. The $157.2 million dollars it costs for Washington County to consume alcohol goes toward healthcare (nearly $17 million), lost productivity (about $114 million), and other costs associated with the court system, crashes, etc. (approximately $27 million).
If you have made the mistake of getting behind the wheel after drinking and you were arrested, contact Washington County OWI Defense Attorney Nathan Dineen. Attorney Dineen understands the stress of a Washington County OWI and will help ease the burden of the arrest. He is available 24/7 for a Free Case Review. Call him at 877-384-6800 to set a meeting at any of his convenient locations – Milwaukee, Germantown, West Bend, Appleton, and Sister Bay. A Washington County OWI can be costly, but it will cost you even more without the knowledge, experience, and aggressive defense of Attorney Nathan Dineen.