It has now been just over two years since I was convicted of Impaired Driving. As a result, I no longer require the “I” as a “condition” on my drivers license. Not that it matters much in the near future as I still don’t have a vehicle that I can drive. More on that in a bit.
As I wrote previously, I was surprised in June when I discovered that the condition for the ignition interlock was one year from the date that I could get my license reinstated, not one year from when I did have it reinstated. So for anyone worried about that, as long as you have been through the Back On Track program in Ontario, and you’ve met all conditions imposed upon you when you were convicted including paying your fine and any other costs the court ordered, you are eligible to get your drivers license back and from that date, you have whatever time that has already expired to your credit as far as the interlock requirement.
I could have applied to have my license reinstated last August 2011, but with no vehicle to put an ignition interlock in, as well as a dispute which I eventually won with the Family Responsibility Office, there was no point, really. Every month, my full amount of my income was accounted for in basic living expenses too, so the reinstatement fee did not come easy.
And that is part of the difficulty for me, as I own my own business, and although I do not need to drive to work, it is hard at times to get new clients when you can not drive to their location to meet with them. I had thought I might be a lot further along by now, but unfortunately I am not.
Please think about this if you are ever tempted or think (and hope) you are “ok” to drive after drinking: An impaired driving conviction is a life changer – for the worse.
It is still going to cost me some major dollars to get my vehicle fixed up (it is worth fixing in the long run), and I had hoped that I would be much further on than I am in that regard. However, there have been a bunch of other unforeseeable things and events that have also occurred.
I wish I could say that having a vehicle that I can drive regularly is close to happening, but it seems it is still a long way off. And I miss just hopping in the Jeep with my little son in the evenings and spending a few hours fishing with him like we used to be able to do. That is perhaps one of, if not the biggest non-financial problem – the amount of dad and son time doing special things together in the outdoors like we used to has been severely reduced.
So, yes, as I wrote above – let me repeat it: An impaired driving conviction is a life changer – for the worse.
If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive and risk it. It’s not worth it, I can tell you.