It has been just over two years since my accident and impaired driving charge. I have not driven since then, and part of wonders what it is going to feel like when I finally do get back behind the wheel!
Today, I did finally get my license back – and also had a pleasant surprise regarding the Ignition Interlock Device requirement. But first, I could have had my license reinstated in August of 2011, but I did not do that for a variety of reasons.
First is the cost. In Ontario, there is a $150.00 reinstatement fee. One hundred and fifty bucks has not come easily for me in the past couple of years.
Secondly, I had a dispute with the Family Responsibility Office, who send me correspondence advising me that they were going to take enforcement action which included having my driver’s license suspended. At that same time, the Ministry of Transportation had sent me a letter informing me that they were sending me an application to have my license reinstated. That application never arrived and due to what was going on with FRO, I assumed they had taken action.
Earlier this year in March, the dispute with the Family Responsibility Office was resolved, in my favor which I was of course very happy about! One less thing to worry about.
Now, the nice surprise I received today: I had the belief that once I got my license back, I would still have to drive with an Ignition Interlock Device installed in any vehicle I drove for a full year. This belief was incorrect – the ignition interlock requirement is only mandatory for a year following conviction (in some cases only 3 months). So, this requirement will come off my license in August.
I still do not have a vehicle to drive at this point – but it is a good feeling to have a driver’s license, and also to know that as soon as the hard laminated one arrives with my photo on it, I won’t have to tell people that “I don’t have a license” when asked for photo ID, etc. So, just having it back is very encouraging.
It’s been a long, rough go the past couple of years but this is just one step closer to getting the life I want back!
As soon as I do have a vehicle I can drive again, I am going to be getting myself one of these.
You should too.