A first-time DWI conviction gets you a mandatory ignition interlock for one year— that runs around $1,000— plus it can carry a $500 fine, along with $500 in fees and up to 90 days in jail.
Second is that she (the writer) is right, in that the "worst-case make the front page with all too much regularity". All too offen here we see on the front page of the paper that a crash involving a drunk person has wipped out a whole family. It happens here a lot more offen then you think and really a lot more then it ever should.
It just pisses me off that people think they can drive when they have had too much to drink.