Car breathalyzers and ignition interlock devices are relatively new consequences for a DUI, which is why many states are slow to require them for drinking and driving offenses. In states like Florida, where an ignition interlock is required for some first-offense DUI convictions, and all repeat offenses, the devices are seen as effective methods to keep the streets safe from drunk drivers. Unfortunately, Florida has noticed a problem with their ignition interlock requirement: not everyone is installing the devices as ordered by the court.
Many times, the cost of an ignition interlock device (IID) can stretch a budget too far, leading people to choose to keep driving illegally in order to keep working and taking care of other responsibilities. This means that a convicted drunk driver is choosing, again, to put the lives of others at risk, despite the law. Affording an ignition interlock device may be difficult, but, it is vital that a DUI offender fully follows a court directive to use the device. Because of this, Florida does offer some financial relief to DUI offenders who cannot afford the court fines, ignition interlock fees and other costs related to their drunk driving conviction.
If Florida’s biggest ignition interlock problem is that people just aren’t installing the devices because of the cost, the math doesn’t add up: they cannot afford to not have the device installed. The results of driving illegally after a DUI are higher fines to pay, possible jail time and more. Without a license, an offender is forced to find other, reliable transportation that ensures a steady paycheck, but, that can lead to more frustration or even the loss of a job. Installing the IID takes away the risk of further convictions, either from drunk driving or driving illegally, and keeps life moving forward, despite a drunk driving mistake from the past.