The ignition interlock in Washington is here to stay. Once, the ignition interlock was required only for DUI repeat offenders. Now the devices are sometimes even required for offenses like negligent driving.
The Department of Licensing often requires the instrument as a condition of license re-instatement after a DUI conviction. Many experts predict that soon the ignition interlock device will be required in all new vehicles, alongside seatbelts and airbags. If you are required to use one, think of it like it is a new tech gadget, and you are a new adapter. If they sold them at the Apple Store, there would be a line around the block.
There are many advantages to the new technology. A driver with an alcohol-related license suspension can often legally drive with an Ignition Interlock License. Such a license is granted to suspended drivers once they have a device installed. The devices do sometimes malfunction, so it is important to find a reputable installer of an ignition interlock. An installation service can also assist you in getting the paperwork needed to the DOL.
My clients who appreciate the devices the most are the ones who live in rural areas, and who don’t have the option of taking a bus to work. Avoiding the ignition interlock requirement and driving while suspended is not really an option. The penalties for such an offense are severe and also lead to probation violations. Suspended driving can also lead to the revocation of a deferred prosecution. The Ignition Interlock License is really a win-win, because community safety is protected but defendants are still allowed to drive to work and keep making a living.