Living your life after a drunk driving conviction requires following all types of instructions. You have to meet with an attorney, go before a judge in court and then you find out what your next few months (or more)will look like as you recover from the DUI. You will probably have a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock requirement, in addition to the other consequences for drinking and driving. Since you want to get back on the road as fast as possible, applying for your car breathalyzer is one of the most important steps you can take to get your life back.
Applying for a car breathalyzer is not difficult. Some states will allow you to contact the DMV or driver’s license agency in the case of an administrative license suspension. In those states, you could drive to your court date with a car breathalyzer already installed – a smart move that shows the judge you are serious about never drinking and driving again.
Other states may require that you go through judicial channels (and not the DMV) before installing your car breathalyzer, or, you may have car breathalyzer ordered by a judge, even if it isn’t a requirement for all drunk driving offenders. In all cases, applying for a car breathalyzer is the same process:
- Research the car breathalyzer or ignition interlock service providers in your area.
- Be sure that the service provider you choose is recommended by your state.
- Provide all the necessary documentation and pay all fees and costs to maintain your eligibility to install the device.
- Make an appointment, and have someone else drive you there (you cannot legally drive until your car breathalyzer is installed)
- Drive away, knowing that this is a huge step on your road to recovery.
Applying for a car breathalyzer is not difficult, and the process will make a big difference in your life after a drunk driving conviction. From there, you have every ability to maintain a healthy relationship with alcohol by refusing to ever drink and drive again.