- You can join the Ontario Ignition Interlock Program
- You can wait out your suspension and not drive
Ontario law does not require DUI offenders to install ignition interlocks, devices which prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. It is an option that allows a motorist under suspension to shorten the suspension period and drive sooner. If you do not take advantage of the interlock program, you must not drive until the interlock condition is removed from your licence.
Should I Get the Ignition Interlock in Ontario?
The advantages of an ignition interlock – also called a car breathalyzer – are many. Your freedom to drive is restored, and you won’t have problems getting to work, school, or doing daily errands. Moreover, you’re assured of not getting another DUI, as your vehicle won’t start if there’s a significant amount of alcohol on your breath.
Some people choose to wait out their suspensions for various reasons. Some cite money. Others feel the presence of an ignition interlock in their vehicle might embarrass them. And worst, many drivers are tempted to drive illegally during the suspension period, and a frightening number do.
Taken on balance, getting the interlock device is the right thing to do. While there is a cost attached to an ignition interlock, the fee is far less than a drink a day at a bar or restaurant. And that pays not for a drink but for the freedom to drive and live a more mobile life.
You might feel some initial embarrassment, but it passes quickly as the interlock device becomes part of your routine and you use it automatically. And you never have to fear the consequences of driving under suspension, a serious offense in Ontario.
Moreover, people who have trouble making the decision not to drink and drive will find the car breathalyzer an invaluable aid in their efforts to stay sober behind the wheel.
So if you are faced with the choice of joining the Ontario Ignition Interlock program or waiting it out, your best choice is to install the interlock, get back behind the wheel, and get on with life. The device will help ensure that you’re safe and sober on the road.