A person who finds themselves facing a criminal charge for drunk driving will want to get a good understanding of the potential consequences they may face if they are convicted. Certainly this may involve logistics like what fines might be owed, the details of any driver’s license suspension and even if they will be required to spend any time in jail. As unpleasant as some of these things may be, there are other factors to learn about that may impact a person’s life on a daily basis for some time.
As explained by Cyberdrive Illinois, even someone charged with a first-ever offense for impaired driving may have to install and use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device. This is often in exchange for the right to drive in lieu of serving a full term license suspension. One thing a driver should know is that they will be fully responsible for all costs associated with the BAIID from installation through to removal. This includes regular rental or lease payments and potentially ongoing maintenance or calibration as well.
Using an ignition interlock device can often force drivers to make changes in their daily habits. For example, it is not uncommon for people to drink coffee and maybe even eat a muffin or other pastry on their way to work in the morning. Intoxalock, a provide of IIDs, indicates that drivers should refrain from eating or drinking anything other than water within a certain time period of taking a test.
Tests are not only required prior to starting a vehicle but also at random times while actively driving. Given that a person never knows when they will be prompted to take a test, they may be better off not eating or drinking at all while driving.