There are all types of rules and guidelines that you have to follow when you’ve been convicted of a drunk driving charge. In Wisconsin, you may even be ordered to install a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock device (IID) on your car so that you can keep driving to and from work. Since driving is considered a privilege, you’re going to want to do your best to comply with the guidelines of your ignition interlock device, including the 14 days you have to install it on your car.
When you are first given the “green light” to have your ignition interlock device installed, the 14-day countdown begins. You have to contact an ignition interlock service provider and set up and installation appointment so that you remain compliant. If you are unable to make the appointment, or cannot have the device installed in 14 days, you are expected to communicate with the court about any problems you may have. You cannot drive your vehicle, or any other vehicle, during the 14-day period, or any time after that if you do not have the device installed.
If you do not install an ignition interlock device as ordered by the court, you could be found in contempt and have additional time added to your IID requirement, pay more fines or even have to spend some time in jail. 14 days gives you plenty of time to comply with the order and smooth out any problems you may have before getting an IID and back on the road.
An ignition interlock device allows you the freedom to live your life as normally as possible while proving you are committed to changing your life for the better. By following the guidelines of your conviction, you could have the best tool available to get your life back on track, and yourself back on the road, while remaining sober while driving.