Getting a DUI in Virginia may jeopardize your driving privileges until you meet the requirements to have your license reinstated. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a restricted license.
As part of having a restricted license, you will need to agree to the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. While this requirement may seem inconvenient at first, it can actually benefit you.
Maintains your independence
One of the most frustrating repercussions of a DUI charge is the loss of your driving privileges. An ignition interlock device allows you to maintain your independence and continue to drive. This may allow you to keep your job and other obligations in your life.
Another benefit is the affordability of having an ignition interlock device. An interlock device does not cost much to install in your vehicle and maintain afterward when compared with other repercussions you may otherwise deal with. According to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, you cannot install an ignition interlock device without a formal issuance from the courts.
Supports your effort to change
A DUI can have even more significant consequences the second time around. An ignition interlock device may lower your risks of reoffending because it prevents you from driving while intoxicated. During the time you use an interlock device, you can focus on developing new habits. Participating in a rehabilitation program can help you identify triggers and learn ways to manage them.
A driver safety course can provide you with insight about how driving under the influence can impact your life and the lives of those around you. Once you meet the requirements for your use of an interlock device, you can have it removed and follow the process to replace your restricted license with a full-use license.