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Can having an ignition interlock device benefit you?

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2022 | Dui Charges

The thought of having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle may irritate you at first, but its use can actually improve your life. Seeing its advantages may transform your experience into something more positive.

An ignition interlock device allows you to maintain your driving privileges. This is just the beginning of the advantages you could enjoy as the result of using this innovative device.

Replace bad habits

The belief that you can consume some alcohol and still drive may interfere with your ability to make responsible decisions. According to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, nearly 12,000 Illinois residents have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. Joining this statistic first requires you to meet specific eligibility requirements. These may include the following:

  • Must be a first-time offender
  • Must obtain a MDDP license
  • Must have an interlock device installed by an approved entity

You will need to blow into the device which will then assess your BAC level. If it registers at a 0.25 or higher, your vehicle will not turn on. Consistently complying with the requirements of having a device could help you improve your habits. Not only may you gain a better understanding of BAC, but you can have accountability as you make the effort to embrace more responsible driving habits.

Reduce recidivism risks

Subsequent DUI’s can severely impact your life. You could lose your job, face substantial legal fees and even the possibility of incarceration. If your actions result in the loss of life, you might face a lifetime of guilt when you think about how your actions impacted others. An ignition interlock device can prevent this type of disappointment. With its use, you can reduce your recidivism risks so you can move on with your life.

Any tampering, illegal removal or non-compliance may jeopardize your eligibility and put you at risk of additional consequences. So long as you comply with the interlock requirements, you can enjoy a positive experience.