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Should you install an ignition interlock device in your car?

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2023 | DUI

A DUI charge can disrupt your life and jeopardize your freedom. Considering the severity of the charge, it is best to do everything in your power to retain your driving privileges.

An ignition interlock device is one resource that can make it possible for you to continue driving despite the charge against you. Knowing its benefits can help you determine how to proceed.

Determining your eligibility

Not everyone will meet the eligibility requirements to have an ignition interlock device. Whether or not you pass the test to have one installed in your vehicle will depend on several factors including the following:

  • Whether this is your first DUI charge
  • Whether your actions resulted in harm to others
  • How high your BAC levels were
  • Any outstanding criminal charges against you
  • Specific facts unique to your case

Once you determine your eligibility, you can decide whether to proceed with a request for an ignition interlock device.

Taking advantage of the offer

While it may seem like a nuisance at first, an interlock device has a lot of benefits. First, you can retain your privilege to drive. Second, being able to drive could help you maintain your job and other obligations. Third, you can develop healthier habits and change your perspective on drinking and driving. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the time you will need to have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle could vary from 6 months to 5 years or more.

Lowering your risk of reoffending

A subsequent DUI charge can have a long-lasting, damaging impact on your life. An interlock device allows you to avoid reoffending because your vehicle will not start if your BAC exceeds a certain level.

An ignition interlock device can make a difference in your ability to overcome a DUI charge and move on with your life.