Ignition Interlock with Treatment v Treatment Alone

An ignition interlock device can prevent DUI offenders from repeat behavior, that has been proven time and time again, thanks to advanced technology and close monitoring. But the glaring fault with ignition interlock systems is that once the device is removed from the vehicle, recidivism rates rise. Ignition interlock devices are an excellent way to stop drunk drivers, but in order to fix a DUI offender’s problem, treatment and counseling should go hand and hand with the use of a device. This way when the ignition interlock system is removed, there is more of a chance that the DUI offender will not act again.

It is likely that once the device is removed, if a DUI offender has an alcohol problem, it will come to light once again, and that includes the time the offender is behind the wheel. It is fact that a large number of DUI offenders who have interlock systems in their vehicles also abuse alcohol or have an alcohol dependence. The interlock device will not change or fix this clinical problem. Ignition interlock devices cannot treat and alcohol abuse problem. So installing the device itself will not make a change in an individual’s alcohol dependency. This is why using an interlock device with a alcohol treatment program is the best way to find success and prevent recidivism once the system is removed from the DUI offender’s vehicle.

Another way ignition interlock systems can go hand and hand with a alcohol treatment program is that they help open the lines of communication. Since DUI offenders who have an ignition interlock system will be monitored on a regular basis, it will allow participants to talk about any problems they are having with the system, or anything else that might be an issue. These discussions provide the chance to learn more about the individual and the possibility that the offender would drink and drive again. If recidivism seems inevitable, the probation officer or judge could recommend an alcohol treatment program, additional counseling, or rehabilitation. The DUI offender can be encouraged to enter into one of these programs to help prevent any future DUI or alcohol problems.

Further, with close monitoring, any and all fails on the ignition interlock system will be recorded and reported to the proper authority. Using this information, a judge can take it upon himself to order the individual also enter an alcohol treatment program if he or she continues to have violations on his ignition interlock system. Another option would be that if the individual has success (ie: no violations) with the ignition interlock system, it could be removed earlier if the offender agrees to attend rehabilitation or an alcohol treatment program.

An alcohol treatment program alone will not be as successful as a plan that includes both treatment and an interlock system. That’s because while the individual is healing an alcohol problem, he may still drink and drive. Using the two programs in conjunction with one another prevents recidivism while treating the underlying problem for the future when the device is no longer present.

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