Freedom is a precious asset in life, and the ability to make our own choices is at the top of the list of freedoms we all want to protect. Unfortunately, when we choose to drive under the influence of alcohol, we’re also making a choice to face the various consequences of a DUI. That means that in some states, you could be looking at a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock requirement with a restricted license, or having your vehicle impounded… so, which consequence would you choose?
If you choose to have your vehicle impounded:
- You have no access to a vehicle.
- Your license is suspended when your car is impounded, so you can’t legally drive anyone else’s car.
- Your car sits at an impound lot or with law enforcement, racking up costly fees each day that you must repay in order to get your vehicle back.
- You aren’t learning better habits when it comes to drinking and driving.
If you choose to install an ignition interlock:
- You can still drive your own vehicle.
- Your license is restored, and even if you’re still “restricted” by the court, you are driving legally.
- Your car is with you, and while you are responsible for the costs of your ignition interlock, they’re much less than those of a typical impound situation.
- You’re learning responsible habits and not drinking and driving.
Granted, you don’t have much choice when it comes to following the guidelines of a drunk driving conviction, but if a judge asked you to choose which way you wanted to spend the next few months or year, it’s clear that an ignition interlock is a better choice. That’s why the devices are rapidly becoming the “go-to” solution for drunk driving offenders. You get to keep driving, the court knows you’re sober when you’re behind the wheel, and everyone gets to go home at the end of the day on roads that are much safer from drunk drivers.