Vanishing before the clock strikes midnight, with perhaps a few too many beers under your belt, you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a sobriety checkpoint. Unfortunately, you know that you are probably drunk, and so does the officer who is “sobriety testing” you. Once the tests are done, and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is confirmed at or above the legal limit, you may not have a lot of choices ahead of you. In order to keep driving, different states may require that you apply for a “Cinderella license,” or that you install and maintain an ignition interlock device. The question is, which is best for you?
A “Cinderella license,” is named for the time restrictions on your ability to drive. That is, if you have a “Cinderella license,” you may only be allowed to drive your own vehicle during a four-hour time slot, each day. You could be restricted by the places you are allowed to drive (to work or school only, for example), as well. You may be able to retain some of your freedom with a Cinderella license, but, you are still pretty restricted. Plus, there is no assurance you will not drink and drive, again.
On the other hand, an ignition interlock device ensures that you are sober behind the wheel. That means that you are given more trust in, and less restrictions on, your ability to drive safely. So, you will likely have fewer limitations on the times you can drive, and the locations, while everyone is assured that you are sober as you drive.
Since more states are adopting ignition interlock requirements for drunk drivers over restricted, “Cinderella” licenses, it is clear that those programs and devices are more effective and beneficial after a DUI. As such, choosing your freedom to go about life after a DUI starts with an ignition interlock device; a fairy godmother, if you will, transforming your drunk driving conviction into a life lesson on responsible, sober driving.