Decisions, decisions. Life is full of them, until you are facing a drunk driving conviction. Then, you have a lot of mandatory requirements to fulfill, like court costs and fines to pay, maybe a substance abuse evaluation or some community service you need to complete. On top of that, you may have a breathalyzer car starter… wait, a what?
A “breathalyzer car starter,” perhaps better known as a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock device.
These devices are known by many names, but, officially, a “breathalyzer car starter” is referred to as an ignition interlock device. It is attached directly to the ignition system of your vehicle and requires that you blow a breath sample to prove you are sober before heading out for the day or night. While you drive, you will have to periodically blow into the device again, continuing to show that you are fully committed to sober driving. After a few months, you will be able to have the device removed, as long as you have no violations and you are authorized to do so by the court and/or your DMV.
It is as simple as that.
Whether you call it a car breathalyzer, ignition interlock device or breathalyzer car starter, you are guaranteed to successfully move beyond your drunk driving conviction once you have the device installed and use it as instructed. In the aftermath of a DUI, you have a lot of decisions that have to be made… none of which should be to try to repeat the mistake that got you the conviction, in the first place. An ignition interlock device makes at least one of those choices a lot easier to make, and a lot easier to live with once you realize that you’re back on a better road to responsible “adulting.”