Everyone has problems, but the last thing you want after a drunk driving conviction are problems with your ignition interlock device. You are in the middle of recovering your life after an arrest, court appearance and the fulfilling the requirements of your conviction, and you just cannot afford more frustration. Ignition interlock problems are often easy to avoid, especially when you are compliant with your court order, and keeping the entire process in mind will help keep you from further consequences or even another drunk driving conviction.
- Don’t drink alcohol and then attempt to drive. Drinking will prevent your vehicle from starting and will only make your problems worse.
- Always attend your service appointments. If you have to miss your scheduled appointment, notify your ignition interlock service provider and your reporting agency immediately.
- Be sure you understand your device. Your ignition interlock technician is there for your education about the use of the device. If you have questions, they have answers.
- Don’t try to tamper with the device. The problems you face by tampering with an ignition interlock are on top of your current drunk driving conviction, and may include an extension of the time requirement.
- Don’t try to drive any vehicle without an ignition interlock. You will be violating the terms of your conviction and could lose your license, face jail time or worse, as a result.
The good news is that you can avoid ignition interlock problems as long as you are using the device, and using it correctly. When you first have your device installed, be sure that you ask questions and are able to speak to a technician 24/7, in case a situation arises that requires their expertise. Once you understand how the device works, and your part in remaining sober behind the wheel, your road to freedom will be an easy ride, without any ignition interlock problems in sight.