More and more, convicted DUI or DWI offenders are required by the court to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on a vehicle to ensure the sobriety of the driver behind the wheel. However, there are understandable concerns about how a third-party device like an IID may affect the vehicle on which it is installed, including whether the ignition interlock device will damage the vehicle’s wiring or other physical components, causing even more problems for the convicted drunk driver.
The answer is no, IIDs will not damage a vehicle and have no long term effects on the wiring of the vehicle. Reputable ignition interlock companies will ensure the ignition interlock devices installed, maintained, and deactivated by trained service providers. These service providers are experienced and proficient in vehicle wiring and they are trained in how to avoid damaging a vehicle while maintaining the IID. As these devices are regulated, the requirements of an IID service provider are strict, and it is their job to make sure the system is professionally and properly installed as well as make sure the wiring of the vehicle is securely restored when the device is removed. As long as you are dealing with a reputable company there should be absolutely no worries about damage to your vehicle due to the ignition interlock device.
Ignition interlock devices are proven to reduce the rates of repeat drunk driving offenses and keep our roads safe. These devices use advanced technology, are rigorously tested and constantly improved to help keep drunk drivers off the roads. The companies that install ignition interlock devices are deeply invested in safety and the positive results of an ignition interlock installation, as well as ensuring the personal property of the vehicle owner.