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Can you still drive with an ignition interlock device installed?

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2023 | CRIMINAL LAW - Drunk Driving

Operating a vehicle under the influence causes tremendous danger to you, your passengers and the motorists around you. As such, the repercussions for breaking this law are quite serious.

You may wonder if there are ways you can convince the court to allow you to continue to drive. One option you might consider is an ignition interlock device. If approved, this resource will enable you to maintain your privilege to drive.

Determine your eligibility

Your eligibility to have a device will depend on how serious your initial violation was. Factors may include your BAC levels, whether you caused property damage, whether your actions injured other parties and whether this violation was your first. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can ask for a device.

Comply with the terms

Only authorized dealers can legally install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, you will also need to secure a restricted driver’s license, which will cost you $50. On this license, there will be a clear notification that you have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle and cannot legally operate a vehicle without first using the device.

Regain good standing

Your compliance with the terms and conditions of the device will help you regain good standing with the law. After you have met the requirements, you can request removal of the device. Subsequent DUIs can have a tremendous impact on your freedom. Having a device in your vehicle may help you avoid recidivism long enough so that you can develop healthier habits.