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The purpose of an ignition interlock device

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2021 | DUI, Traffic Stops & Violations

After a DUI in Virginia, the future may look uncertain. Fortunately, resources such as an ignition interlock device provide offenders with options to retain their privileges. Understanding the value and benefit of an interlock device may encourage people to welcome its implementation with an open mind.

People can deny the installation of an interlock device on their vehicle, but it may impact their driving privileges. Their refusal could prolong the time it takes for them to have their driving privileges reinstated.

Virginia’s laws

Because driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense, state law requires offenders to meet certain requirements before allowing them to have their driving privileges back. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia has some of the strictest consequences for DUI. First-time offenders lose their driving privileges for one year. After people get their driving privileges back, they must have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

Benefits of compliance

People who agree to use an ignition interlock device can retain their driving privileges at the conclusion of their one-year license suspension. The Virginia Legislative Information System states that Virginia’s law requires all interlock devices to have cameras to aid in monitoring driver behavior. The devices provide helpful information about a formerly charged individual’s driving patterns and habits to prevent another DUI.

People charged with a DUI can yield valuable benefits from using an interlock device. Because they can continue to drive, they do not have to worry about finding alternate sources of transportation. They can focus their efforts on developing new, healthier habits because they can save resources and finances that would otherwise go to transportation costs. Their ability to drive allows them to maintain employment and commit to necessary medical and therapy appointments to continue their recovery.

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