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What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a device installed in your vehicle to perform a breathalyzer test each time you wish to start the car. The device measures your blood alcohol content (BAC) when you breathe into the tube. If it exceeds 0.05%, then the car cannot start. Further, the device will require you to re-test every now and then during your trips. This penalty aims to reduce cases of DUIs and increase public safety without hindering your day-to-day activities completely.

How long will the device be in my car?

A court can order you to install a device in your car when you’ve been charged with a DUI offense. The number of DUI charges you have on your record determines how long the IID will be in your vehicle.

  1. The device will be in your car for six months to a year after getting your license back as a first-time offender
  2. The device will remain in your car for 1 to 3 years after you get your license back for a second or third-time offender

What if I fail to do it?

If you ignore the court’s orders and are convicted of driving without an IID, you run the risk of extending your license suspension by a year. A DUI charge is not to be taken lightly and can greatly affect your quality of life. Whether it is your first offense or a succeeding one, learning more about DUI penalties will enable you to get back on the road quicker and help you avoid future brushes with the law that may further impact your life negatively.

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