4 Steps You Need to Take to Install Your Ignition Interlock Device

01 Jun 2018
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When you get arrested and convicted of drinking and driving, it is likely that you will need to use an interlock device in the future. If you’ve never had one before, it can be difficult to understand what you need to do to get the device installed and working. Here are some basic things you need to do if you’ve been ordered to have an interlock device in your vehicle.

Ignition interlock installation

The first thing you need to do is find someone who will perform interlock installation for you. There will be a certified interlock provider in your area that can install the device in your vehicle. Your lawyer should be able to inform you of the closest service provider. Only certain providers are associated with the state and are certified to install and service interlock devices, so you need to make sure you go to one that is certified.

Take certification to the DMV

After you get your interlock device installed by someone who is authorized to do it, you need to obtain the certification of interlock installation. Then, you will take the certification to your local DMV or MVA. You also need to bring the temporary license you received on the night of your arrest. The DMV or MVA will give you your restricted license and officially start your ignition interlock program.

Educate yourself

Once your device is installed, you will have to learn how it works. You need to know the proper procedure to get the car to start, and what could cause the device to malfunction. You should be provided with most of this information when you get the device installed, but it never hurts to read up on it and get more information. This way, you can avoid unnecessary violations and potential extensions to your program.

Get an interlock cup

Finally, you can get yourself an interlock cup when everything is installed and ready to go. The interlock cup looks like a regular to-go cup, and it lets you be discrete about storing and using your interlock device. The cup can sit right in your cup holder and no one would know that it’s really a breathalyzer.

You may hate your device at first, but it actually helps you in the long run. Interlocks are associated with a 70% reduction in arrests for impaired driving after they’re installed. This device will not only help reduce your chance of an arrest, but it can also reduce your risk of being involved in a fatal car accident due to impaired driving.

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