Getting a DUI in the Tri-Cities is cheaper than in other parts of the state because drivers here pay less for car insurance, a study by a California company found.
But it's still going to cost you.
The financial online company Nerd Wallet released a statewide study that analyzed the cost of driving drunk or high.
It added up court fines, attorney fees, cost of ignition interlock devices and the increase in car insurance rates.
The minimum cost for a DUI in Kennewick, Richland and West Richland is about $6,275, and the maximum about $10,335, according to the study.
A DUI in Pasco will cost a driver $6,210 to $10,270.
Richland ranked 53rd, West Richland 54th, Kennewick 55th and Pasco 61st out of 66 cities the company analyzed. The study included only cities with populations over 10,000.
Local drivers will see their insurance rates climb about 54 percent after a DUI, which is right about the state average, said John Kuo, analyst for Nerd Wallet.
Motorists in Tacoma can expect their insurance to jump by almost 60 percent.
Tacoma, University Place and Lakewood are the most expensive cities for drivers to get DUIs. A DUI in Tacoma costs $7,398 to $11,458.
Yakima, Sunnyside and Grandview ranked 48th, 49th and 50th respectively on the list. A DUI in those cities ranges from $6,350 to $10,410.
The average Washington driver pays about $466 more in car insurance annually over five years after a DUI, said Kuo. That means a DUI costs an average of $2,334 in extra insurance fees.
Because car insurance rates are lower in the Tri-Cities compared with larger cities, local drivers ultimately pay less, Kuo said.
Tri-City motorists pay $732 to $749 annually for car insurance, compared with Tacoma drivers who pay about $1,057, Kuo said.
"I think I was surprised how much the car insurance increase actually affected the true cost of a DUI," Kuo said.
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