It may seem a little crazy, but the more people see the increasing use of ignition interlock devices, the more they are opting to install one, even without a drunk driving conviction. Voluntary ignition interlock installations – creating safety before a DUI is an actual problem – is more common than you think. And it’s a trend we could not be more proud to be part of.
So why are people installing ignition interlock devices, even without the legal issues that usually lead down that road?
A personal choice. Recognizing a problem with drinking and driving shows better judgement than we give credit for. Since there are potentially 80 drunk driving incidents for any one DUI conviction, anyone who opts to install an ignition interlock to keep him or herself from drinking and driving is saving lives, not to mention the worry and frustration of a criminal conviction.
Employer issues. A business owner has to make decisions for the business, their family and their employees. One of the easiest decisions could be to install an ignition interlock into any company vehicles to ensure the business’ interests as well as the safety of employees and others on the roads.
Young drivers. Letting your child borrow your car is nerve-racking enough without worrying about whether they could be drinking behind the wheel. A voluntary ignition interlock device installation sends a strong message about your expectations with your vehicle, even when you’re not with your child.
There’s nothing crazy about a voluntary ignition interlock installation these days. Each state in the U.S. currently has some type of interlock requirement for a DUI and the majority of states now require the devices for even a first-offense drunk driving conviction. A voluntary installation is really just a proactive, protective move for those you care about, and for the rest of us who could be hurt by a drunk driver in your vehicle.