Finding out that you need an ignition interlock device to legally operate your vehicle may cause you frustration. At first, you may view it as an inconvenience, an expense and an invasion of your privacy.
However, having one installed in your vehicle is actually an opportunity. When viewed the right way, you can utilize this resource to your advantage and rely on it to help you improve your habits.
Keep your driving privileges
Having an ignition interlock device means you can still legally drive. So long as you adhere to the requirements for the device’s use, you can still use your personal vehicle to drive to where you need to go. If the courts suspended your license for a time, you would have to rely on other people for rides. This could jeopardize your job and your ability to maintain your independence. Seeing your interlock device as the link to keeping your independence may give you a better appreciation for it.
Not everyone has the eligibility to use an ignition interlock device. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, you will need to have a device installed in your vehicle even if your DUI was your first offense of the kind. One benefit of this immediate action means a lower chance of recidivism. Subsequent DUIs can have serious consequences. Potential outcomes could have life-altering impacts for you, passengers in your vehicle and other motorists. Having a device can give you accountability and encourage you to improve your driving behaviors before it is too late.
Other benefits of having an ignition interlock device include its affordability and its ease of use. Once you have met the requirements for having and using the device, you may inquire about its removal.