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Optimizing your use of an ignition interlock device

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2022 | DUI/DWI

The requirement to have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle is certainly a better outcome than having no driving privileges at all. Your compliance can help you maintain your driver’s license and also support you in developing safer habits.

When you understand the benefits of an ignition interlock device, your attitude toward having one may change. With an optimistic perspective, you can leverage this opportunity to your advantage.

Save your money

The legal consequences of driving under the influence can cost you lots of money. Staggering fines, medical bills for injuries and restitution paid to other victims may all fall on your shoulders if you end up in a collision because of your choice to drive drunk.

Considering what you could have to pay, the cost to maintain an interlock device is extremely affordable. According to, the fees you pay often cover installation, monthly monitoring and removal of the device at the end of your sentence. In situations of dire need, you may petition the courts to ask that they waive certain fees. If they can prove financial hardship, they may comply with your request.

Protect your freedom

Because of the seriousness of a DUI, you may end up behind bars especially if you have repeat offenses. An ignition interlock device protects your freedom because it allows you to safely operate a vehicle. With a device, you can feel confident that a lapse in judgment to drink and drive will not jeopardize your life or the lives of others around you.

During your time using your device, reflect on ways that you can improve your driving habits. Resolve to abstain from drinking when you plan to drive. Decide to always make alternative travel arrangements if you plan to drink away from home. Seeing the benefits of your ignition interlock device can help you get ahead and successfully make your DUI a thing of the past.