Have you ever been convicted of DUI? Well, if the answer is yes, then in many states of the USA you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. You wonder what it all could mean for you. The following article will provide with some important notes about this regulations.
Most state laws call for ignition interlock devices for multiple-DUI convictions, but more frequently, states are mandating their installation by first-time drunk driving offenders.
An ignition interlock device is a breath test machine that is hard wired into a vehicles' ignition switch. These devices are a preventative measure to keep drunk drivers off the road.
The driver is required to take a breath test before starting the car and often at random intervals while driving to keep the vehicle running. The machine records and stores the information. The car's engine will not start if the device detect the presence of alcohol.
The devices also have several security features built-in that prevent tampering with the results. For example, some devices have built-in cameras that take a photo while the device is being used. This prevents people from using stand-ins to take the test for them.
In the event of a positive test for alcohol, or tampering, the device alerts the police, and additional charges may be filed against the driver.
If a driver is required to have an ignition interlock device installed, they are ordered not to drive any vehicle that is not equipped with an ignition interlock device. The penalties for driving without the court ordered device or for having a sober person conduct the breath test for them can be severe.
When the court requires a DUI offender to have an ignition interlock device installed on the vehicle they drive, the offender is usually responsible for the cost of the installation and the monthly maintenance fees associated with keeping the ignition interlock in good working order. Typically, states have contracts with ignition interlock companies to provide service. You would need to work with one of these companies to get the device installed.
The installation of the device generally costs between $100 and $200. There is also a monthly rental fee, which is usually between $70 and $100 per month. Additionally, the DUI offender is generally responsible for the costs of regular maintenance and data transfers from the device.
After a person has been convicted of DUI, there is usually a fine and increased automobile insurance premiums. The cost associated with the ignition interlock requirement can significantly increase the total costs associated with a DUI conviction.
If you have been arrested for DUI, a conviction could mean having an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. Speak with a local DUI lawyer about possible defense strategies so that you might avoid a DUI conviction, the penalties, and expense of an ignition interlock device.