After the police arrest you for drunk driving, the loss of your license will usually follow. It is standard procedure for even first-time drunk driving offenders to lose their license. The state will suspend that person’s driver’s license for a fixed amount of time based on their driving record and the severity of the offense.
Most people can’t go months without their own transportation, which means that they need to regain driving privileges as quickly as possible. Missouri does allow those convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) to request a restricted license. This license comes with many limitations, some of which people may find frustrating.
For example, to drive with a restricted license, you have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle. You have to perform and pass a chemical breath test for alcohol every time you want to drive. While those requirements may seem embarrassing, breaking the rules when you have a restricted license will just leave you in driver’s license limbo.
When you fail your chemical test or try to trick the system
Missouri has very detailed rules regarding the requirements for drivers operating with a restricted license because of a DWI. You have to give breath samples and may not dilute the air that enters the IID or have someone else perform the test for you.
When you fail the test by offering a sample with alcohol in it, that only increases the length of time that you will have to keep the IID installed in your vehicle. Your completion of the program and ability to get your full license back usually depends on going multiple months without failing any of the breath tests before you drive.
If you get caught trying to trick the system or having someone else perform the test, that might lead to the loss of your restricted license.
When you get pulled over in a vehicle that doesn’t have an IID
Maybe your friend lets you borrow their car, or perhaps you just have a second vehicle. Driving another vehicle without an IID installed is a major violation of the terms of your restricted license.
If a police officer pulls you over and realizes how you’ve broken the rules, they may take your license or cite you, likely leading to the loss of your restricted driving privileges. They might even arrest you, particularly if they perform tests and determine that you are likely under the influence of alcohol.
Complying with the IID requirements and restricted license program can help you regain your license after an impaired driving conviction costs you your driving privileges temporarily.