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Can you benefit from using an ignition interlock device?

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

An ignition interlock device is something that authorities may recommend you use following your DUI conviction. Using this resource properly can actually benefit you and encourage better habits.

With good behavior and a satisfactory report from the device’s manufacturer, you may eventually have it removed.

Improve your habits

Oftentimes, the decision to drink and drive is not premeditated. You may have made a faulty judgment thinking you could still responsibly operate your vehicle after consuming alcohol. Maybe you felt pressured into driving because you consumed the least amount of alcohol out of everyone. Recognizing your mistake and resolving to change your habits can help you avoid future problems.

Relying on an ignition interlock device can keep you in check. It will prevent your vehicle from starting if it senses that you have consumed alcohol. It requires you to breathe into an apparatus that will identify your blood alcohol content level. If you provide a satisfactory result, your vehicle will start and you can feel confident about your ability to drive safely without the risk of impairment.

Avoid trouble

Consecutive DUI’s can wreak havoc on your life. In fact, you may face jail time, authorities may impound your vehicle and you could lose your job. An ignition interlock device can help you retain some of your independence and avoid ongoing legal trouble. According to the Washington State Patrol, if you try to remove your device, tamper with it or have repeated negative readings, authorities will extend your requirement to have the device in your vehicle.

A DUI does not have to be the end of your life. Taking responsibility for your actions and recognizing the value of an ignition interlock device can help you put your mistake in the past.