When you are convicted of a DUI, there are several things that will likely run through your mind. Of the top few, the hit your driving score takes may be the most perplexing to fix. If you decide to ask friends and family for advice, you will likely hear more opinion than actual fact.
The truth is, fixing your score requires you to rebuild the trust of the Department of Motor Vehicles in your ability to be responsible. And that can be difficult. A class, whether court mandated or not, can help a little. Another option, one that has gained in popularity over the last twenty years, is installing an ignition interlock device in your car.
An ignition interlock device sits down below your dashboard. It is connected to the engine start, and works by having you blow into a clean tube on one end periodically, such as when you first rev up the ignition and periodically as you are driving somewhere.
You may have guessed what an ignition interlock does: it is essentially a car breathalyzer. If the device does detect a blood alcohol level of even 0.02 BAC (which is pre-set), the car will shut the engine down. An ignition interlock device does work, both while installed and in some cases even after the device is removed.
One study found that cars with a device installed were 70% less likely to be pulled over. And in another long-term study, it was discovered that it helped cut down on repeat offenders by 39%. The drivers get in the habit of being held accountable for drinking and getting behind the wheel. Even when removed, the driver has developed the discipline necessary to not drive while impaired.
Driving under the influence is a serious offense, because of its potential to cause serious harm to person and property. Once convicted of a DUI, there are steps you can take to get your reputation back. Holding oneself accountable is beneficial both socially and in the eyes of the DMV. If you find yourself with a DUI on your record, consider taking a class, yes. But also look into ignition interlock devices. It may help you improve your driving score faster.