Driving while intoxicated happens more often than we as a nation would like to admit. While this is the case, we are actually getting better at dealing with and preventing this kind of reckless driving.
If you or someone you know has been convicted of driving under the influence, the law takes many precautions to ensure that it won’t happen again. Sometimes classes are required in order to re-obtain a suspended license. Sometimes a restricted license will be given to the offender, limiting when they are allowed to drive. More likely than not, an interlock device is installed in the offender’s vehicle. Interlocks actually help decrease the number of repeat offenders, and this is true even after the device is removed. About 39% of people do not get a second DUI compared to those who never got an interlock installed in their vehicle.
How Does It Work?
The main purpose of an ignition interlock device is to prevent the driver from operating the vehicle while they are inebriated. The device is basically like a built-in breathalyzer. The driver must blow into the device, and if the device detects any alcohol in the system, it will not allow the car to start.
Depending on the state, most interlock systems require regular service to be done by a certified company. Usually on a monthly basis, the vehicle will need to be taken into a service center so that the device can be inspected, repaired, and whatever else is mandated by the state.
Disguising Your Device
No one is proud of having an interlock device in their vehicle. Fortunately, you can hide your device from passengers with an interlock cup. The device goes inside the interlock cup to make it look like a regular to-go cup. When you use the device, it just looks like you are putting your mouth on the straw of your to-go cup. This device can sit right in the cup holder of your vehicle, and no one will suspect a thing. Interlock cups come in many different designs so you can find one that is just right for you.
Getting a DUI can be scary. You have no idea what to expect, how to handle it, or what to do. Hopefully, this guide will ease your mind when it comes to dealing with a DUI.