One common penalty for DUI in Connecticut is a suspended driver’s license. While this might be a welcome alternative to fines or jail time, it can still be an inconvenient issue to face. How will you get to work? School? Run your errands? Socialize? Not being able to drive will certainly make it difficult to go about your day-to-day business. Luckily, there are some alternatives to driving that you can take advantage of. I will discuss some of these alternatives here.
Cheap Options: Carpool and Public Transportation
It can become expensive to pay for rides everywhere that you need to go, for months on end. If you want cheap options for getting around, consider carpooling with others or using public transportation.
Consider getting rides from your friends and family if you cannot drive. You could also try to carpool with a coworker to get to work, or a fellow student if you are trying to get to school. This is a good option because you won’t have to pay for the service of having someone drive you, like you would with a taxi or an uber. However, it could be difficult to find rides and rely on other people. They might not be very reliable in getting you where you need to be. Friends and family might also become frustrated if you are constantly asking for rides.
Another affordable option for getting around is using public transportation. This might not be an option for everyone, depending on where you live. But many cities and busy towns have subway systems or at least bus systems that are open to the public. This is an inexpensive option to get you around. However, keep in mind that it can also be inconvenient. You will likely have to walk to a bus or train station, and you are at the mercy of the public transportation schedule.
Convenient Options: Taxis and Ride Services
If you are looking for convenient options to get around, and you are less concerned about money, you may invest in paying more for someone to pick you up and bring you where you need to go. Taxis and other ride services are a good option if this is the situation that you are in. You can call a taxi service, or hail one while you are out and about. Even more conveniently, you can use a service such as Uber or Lyft and contact a driver through your phone. Uber and Lyft are also relatively cheap options, especially if you share your ride with someone else. However, taking multiple Uber or Lyft rides each day will add up.
As you can see, there are a few options for getting around if your license has been suspended. If you are looking to avoid a driver’s license suspension, consider contacting an attorney to fight your DUI charge. If you would like to discuss this option, contact my office. I am happy to help.