More and more states are adopting stricter consequences for drunk drivers than ever before. A lot of these restrictions come from the success of ignition interlock programs and how the devices are working hard to clean up the streets from intoxicated drivers. First-time drunk drivers are finding these strict laws apply even to their “bad choice” that came from a night on the town, especially in states like Missouri, where the first time you drink and drive, you get an ignition interlock requirement to keep you from repeating that same mistake.
Criminal consequences: Missouri ignition interlock devices are mandatory for all DWI offenders in the state. That means that if you are a first-time offender or a habitual drunk driver, your ignition interlock becomes a part of your life for at least six months. The more DWI convictions that you get, the longer you are restricted to driving with an ignition interlock. Eventually, it is believed that you will stop the risky habit that got you an interlock in the first (or second, or third…) place and that you’ll form new, healthy habits, that don’t put others in danger.
Administrative penalties: Not only are you facing court restrictions with an ignition interlock, but, the Missouri Department of Revenue will also require you to install an ignition interlock as part of their administrative procedures.
In Missouri, if you drink and drive, you’re looking at a commitment to sober driving, whether you like it or not. As one of the states with an all-offender ignition interlock policy, there’s not much that can be done except to do your time with your interlock, especially when you’ve done the crime. Or, you could remember that your life will change drastically if you drink and drive, and if you don’t want an interlock, your best bet is to have a safe and sober way home.