The consumption of alcohol can often lead to poor choices. One of the first mistakes people who have been drinking make is deciding to drive while they’re intoxicated.
In a sober state, everyone knows that drunk driving is hazardous. However, once they’ve had a few drinks, their judgment becomes clouded, and it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. That is until they get pulled over and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Getting charged with DWI one time might be enough for some people never to drink and drive again. For others, it may take more severe penalties for them to learn their lesson.
Let’s say you have just been charged a second time with DWI. Among the usual penalties like a short stint in jail, fines, and license suspension, you now need to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
You may be wondering how this device will fit into your life, and likely have many questions about it. Here are a few frequently asked questions about ignition interlock devices.
Do I need to have the device installed while my license is suspended?
Yes. Even though you cannot operate your vehicle while your drivers’ license is suspended, according to the law, you still need to get the device installed.
I don’t own a vehicle. Do I still need to get the device?
If you aren’t planning on driving after your license is reinstated, you can get a non-driver ID at any motor vehicle agency in the state. However, if you do want your driving privileges to be restored, you will need to present proof that you installed an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you plan to use, regardless of if you own the car or not.
What happens if I don’t get the device installed?
If you are ordered by the court to get an ignition interlock device, and you don’t follow through on the request, your license could be suspended for a year. This term would be combined with the existing suspension term that resulted from your DWI.