Guest blog by anonymous former client
For me, the most frustrating part about getting a DWI was losing my driving privileges. Not being able to just get in my car and go wherever I want has been a challenge. However, there are a couple of options for getting around. The ignition interlock system is a great program that allows a person convicted of a DWI to have their driving privileges reinstated sooner than would otherwise be allowed.
While it is a little embarrassing to blow into a tube in order to start your car, it beats not driving at all. My biggest issue with the ignition interlock system is the expense. The installation of the device costs about $120, the monthly payment is about $120, and every 60 days you have to recalibrate it, which costs another $100. Tack on some skyrocketing car insurance and you’re broke.
Another less expensive option is public transportation. Trust me, there is nothing glamorous about taking the bus but it gets you to where you need to go and it’s much more affordable. A bus fare ranges from $2.00-$3.00 and each fare includes a 2 ½ hour transfer. You can pay cash for each fare but if you are going to be riding the bus on a regular basis I would suggest that you purchase a bus pass. Metro Transit has GO-TO cards which work like a debit card. You add money to them and then scan them as you enter the bus, and it automatically deducts your bus fare. The nice thing about these cards is that you can recharge them online or at any metro transit store. A monthly bus pass will allow you unlimited rides for 31 consecutive days and will range from $85 to $113.
While it is definitely more time consuming to ride the bus, its more affordable than the ignition interlock program. And chances are if you just got a DWI you don’t have a whole lot of extra money lying around.