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Can an ignition interlock device benefit me?

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Connecticut, the consequences you are facing could vary depending on the severity of your offense. Some of the requirements you have may be paying a fine, attending an educational program to inform about the dangers of DUI or the implementation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The benefits of the latter suggestion can actually be quite advantageous for you if you use the technology correctly and use its presence as a measure of your accountability. 

An ignition interlock device is an innovative technology that will prevent you from being able to start your vehicle if you are found to have blood alcohol content above the legal limit. This is discovered after you have blown into the device which functions as a breathalyzer. If you are cleared, your engine will start and you will be able to legally drive. While it may seem inconvenient and invasive at first, if you use it correctly, it can be instrumental in helping you overcome your past offense and encouraging you to stay sober when you plan to drive. 

According to the State Smart Transportation Initiative, people who were previously convicted of a DUI who were required to use an interlock device were surveyed to look at the effectiveness of the solution. It was found that there was nearly a 15 percent decrease in the number of reoffences. You may be contacted frequently to monitor your use of the device which helps track how effective it has been in your circumstances. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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