Nobody really wants an ignition interlock device, just as nobody really ever wants to drink and drive. In Virginia, you are essentially choosing to install an ignition interlock on all of your vehicles the moment you drive under the influence of alcohol. Virginia is an all-offender ignition interlock Commonwealth, so any DUI, whether “simple” (without aggravating circumstances), underage DUI, or an impaired CDL problem will result in an interlock requirement.
If an interlock is the worst thing you face after a DUI, consider yourself lucky, because your Virginia ignition interlock:
- Keeps you employed. Without it, your transportation options become much more limited.
- Actually saves money. Since you are not drinking as you did before, you are able to keep a bigger balance in your bank account.
- Is your second chance after a DUI. Before Virginia’s ignition interlock program, offenders had to face a lengthy license suspension and a world of frustration. Today, that has changed.
- Keeps others safe on the road. The device prevents you from drinking and driving. You are not a danger to yourself or someone else.
Virginia DUI offenders are required to enroll in VASAP, a program that manages the interlock requirement as well as providing support and resources to ensure drunk driving never happens again.
Your ignition interlock helps you create a better life for yourself and your family or loved ones. Virginia DUI law makes sure that you can keep your job while everyone else remains safe around you. Driving sober is a choice, just like driving drunk, and with your ignition interlock, that choice gets a lot clearer, no matter how much you’ve had to drink.