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Is an ignition interlock device worth it?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2023 | DUI

An ignition interlock device could impact your life in positive ways if you use it correctly. Seeing it as an opportunity to retain your privileges rather than a nuisance could change your life.

When you understand the ways it could benefit you, installing one might make more sense. Your commitment and compliance might make all the difference in your ability to prevent a repeat offense.

Stay in control

One of the most common and inconvenient repercussions of a DUI is the loss of driving privileges. Having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle allows you to stay in control. According to the Virginia Law website, if your blood alcohol content level does not exceed 0.02% your vehicle will turn on.

To properly use the device, you will need to blow into a small component which will then measure your BAC. An unsuccessful reading will prevent you from driving.

Improve your habits

Having retained your ability to drive, you can focus on improving your habits so you can avoid reoffending. Consider what you need to do to avoid the temptation to drink and drive again. Some ideas include the following:

  • Arrange a designated driver ahead of attending a party where you plan to consume alcohol
  • Stay the night if you feel uncomfortable driving home
  • Ask a relative or trusted friend to drive you home if you have consumed too much

Research the impacts of drunk driving and learn about its risks to your safety and well-being. Your commitment to changing your habits may not only improve your experience with an ignition interlock device but could also reduce the amount of time you need to use one.

Once you have met the requirements for its use, you can request its removal and seek the full restoration of your driving privileges.


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