The State of Minnesota allows DUI defendants back on the road if they agree to the installation and use of an ignition interlock device. Although these interlock devices are not without problems, this program allows drivers to get back on the road and support themselves and they families, while not endangering the public. The vast majority of my hardship license clients would gladly have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles in exchange for being allowed to drive.
The ignition interlock device will prevent a DUI offender from starting his or her vehicle if it detects alcohol. This will protect public safety while still allowing the DUI offender to drive, so that he or she can get to work. Because the interlock device will physically prevent a vehicle from starting, this program is actually safer than suspending the license of DUI offenders. It is no secret that many people drive on suspended licenses. Most drive out of absolute necessity while others simply ignore the DUI license suspension. Without an interlock device, there is nothing to prevent these people from re-offending. If, on the other hand, they had been given licenses in exchange for having ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles, they would be physically prevented from driving while intoxicated.