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      What are the Consequences of Driving Without an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Installed?

      Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia require first-time drunk driving offenders to install an ignition interlock device (IID).1 Five others require repeat offenders to do so.1 The rest may require an IID at a judge’s discretion.1

      Many of us feel pressed for time and money, which can make taking shortcuts appealing. However, when facing state legal requirements after a drunk driving charge, like a DUI or DWI, compliance is a must to avoid even worse potential consequences.

      Still not sure? Let's talk about the real consequences of driving without a required IID.

      Extended License Suspension or Revocation

      Depending on where you are, your license could be suspended for a significantly longer period, making it incredibly challenging to go about your daily life. Imagine not being able to drive to work, pick up your kids, or handle essential errands—all because of a decision to drive illegally.

      Financial Penalties

      Driving without an IID can lead to escalating financial penalties that can drain your bank account. From hefty tickets to increased insurance premiums, the financial burden can quickly become overwhelming.

      Legal Fees

      You may find yourself in need of legal representation. Hiring a lawyer, attending court hearings, and dealing with the legal aftermath can take a toll on your time, energy, and finances.

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      Impounded Cars

      Imagine the inconvenience of having your vehicle impounded. Not only could you lose access to your transportation depending on your state and situation, but you also might go through the hassle of retrieving your car from impound, which often comes with additional fees and paperwork.

      Jail Time

      Depending on the circumstances and your history, you could face incarceration for disregarding legal requirements related to alcohol-impaired driving. The impact on your life, livelihood, and relationships can be devastating, all because of a decision made in a moment of recklessness.

      Physical or financial harm to yourself and others

      The most impactful of all the consequences listed. According to Responsibility.org in 2019, there were 10,142 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. Many of those deaths were innocent victims. Getting an Intoxalock IID installed is a proactive step toward compliance, safety, and responsible driving. By installing and using an Intoxalock device, you not only fulfill legal obligations but also prioritize the well-being of yourself and others on the road.

      The requirement to install an IID doesn’t just apply to your vehicle but can apply to any vehicle you borrow or use for work.

      Don't let the consequences of driving without an interlock device derail your life. Take control, drive responsibly, and let Intoxalock be your trusted partner in road safety.

      Intoxalock helps you understand your ignition interlock requirements so you can satisfy your legal obligations and get your license back. Call us at 833-623-0200 to find an interlock installation location, understand your state’s laws, and get answers your questions.

      References

      1 National Conference of State Legislatures. (2024, March 14). State ignition interlock laws. https://www.ncsl.org/transportation/state-ignition-interlock-laws

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      Drunk Driving Ignition Interlock Devices IID Installation

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