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The Commuter Column: Breaking the Law

Kathleen Joyce

So many times I have heard of people driving while having a suspended license or just not having one at all. The cause of not having a license/suspended one could be drinking and driving, driving under the influence of drugs, having too many points on your license, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, or driving without the proper information such as insurance, registration. While you might have your license taken away, it doesn’t stop most people from driving without one anyway. But if you are caught driving without one, you will endure consequences.

The situation is already bad, you lost your license or it was suspended because you were irresponsible. Now getting around is going to be a lot harder and more expensive. You’ll have to hitch rides from mom, dad, friends, family, or, if you’re on your own, public transportation. Being honest, you feel bad burdening your friends and family to drive you around everywhere because you were stupid a couple of times. You try to give them money here and there, but it just doesn’t feel like good enough compensation. And let’s be honest, nobody wants to take public transportation on Long Island. In the city and boroughs, it’s understandable, but everybody on the Island drives. So you take it upon yourself to drive anyway since you already know how to, but getting caught is a different story.

If you are caught driving without a license/suspended license, your car will be towed and you will be given a large fine. In other circumstances, depending on why your license is suspended in the first place, you might be arrested and sent to jail for up to 30 days. After jail, you’ll go to court, receive a few fines. and then be on probation for up to a year.

So the consequences aren’t pretty, then again getting your license suspended isn’t either. It can not be stressed enough to be safe while driving, especially if you are under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Getting a cab will be a lot cheaper than paying the fines you’ll get from a DWI. Lately on the Island, police have been locking down on drinking and driving and rightfully so. The wrong person behind the wheel could truly be fatal to somebody else. As students in college, we are expected to make mistakes sometimes, but don’t let something that could be avoidable ruin your life. DWI and suspended licenses show up for background checks so if you really want a job, you might want to think again before you get behind the wheel. Most jobs will reconsider their decision to hire you because of past mistakes made. So to my fellow drivers, please drive safely!

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