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Do you need an ignition interlock device?

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Posted on September 28, 2022

A DUI could impede your freedom, complicate your education, impact your relationships and interfere with your career. Rebounding from your incident as quickly as possible can help you minimize negative repercussions.

An ignition interlock device allows you to continue to legally operate your vehicle despite a DUI charge. If you meet the eligibility requirements to have one, its use can make a considerable difference.

Taking responsibility

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can slow your brain’s response and interfere with your ability to make critical decisions behind the wheel. The outcome could have serious or fatal consequences that result in the loss of life, as well as extensive property damage. An ignition interlock device holds you accountable for your decisions. It will test your BAC levels prior to your vehicle starting. If your levels exceed the allotted amount the device will prevent your vehicle from starting.

Preventing reoffense

The technology used in your device will play an important part in ensuring you do not commit the same offense twice. According to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, over 10,000 Illinois residents have an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. When used consistently, you can establish better habits that allow you to drive safer and more efficiently.

Another benefit of the device is its affordability compared with other consequences of DUI. Once installed, refrain from tampering with it and make sure you understand how to use it correctly. Consistent compliance over a specific period of time will improve your reputation. Eventually, you can have the device removed for good.