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What is the purpose of an ignition interlock device?

Jul 16, 2022 | Uncategorized

A DUI can change your life in an instant and create ongoing repercussions that interfere with your independence. In serious cases where your actions impact innocent people, you might live with guilt and regret for a long time.

An ignition interlock device can reduce the impact of your choices on your future so long as you qualify to use one. Knowing its purpose might give you the incentive to see what you need to do to get one.

Keep driving

One of the most frustrating outcomes of a DUI charge is the loss of your driving privileges. Not being able to drive might keep you from getting to work and maintaining other important obligations in your life. Depending on the circumstances, you could lose your license for multiple years. You will need to go through the process of reinstating your license once your suspension ends. This may require you to take the licensing test again.

An ignition interlock device allows you to continue driving despite the charges against you. Once installed in your vehicle, you will need to blow into the device. It will read your blood alcohol content level. If the device registers an appropriate number that indicates you have not consumed too much alcohol, your vehicle will start. A bad reading will prevent your vehicle from starting.

Protect your future

Only approved manufacturers can distribute and install an ignition interlock device. You will want to work with the court to guarantee you understand the requirements. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, you will need to provide information including your name, driver’s license number and your date of birth to an approved manufacturer.

Using an ignition interlock device might give you a chance to improve your habits. With consistent use and compliance, you can avoid reoffending and prevent worse consequences from damaging your life.