Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) are becoming increasingly common, particularly in cases of DUI or DWI. These devices are designed to prevent drivers from operating a vehicle if they have been drinking. If you or someone you know has been ordered to install an IID, it is important to understand how they work and what to expect. In this blog post, we will provide you with everything you need to know about IIDs.
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An IID is a breathalyzer that is installed in a vehicle's dashboard. Before starting the car, the driver must blow into the device to measure their blood alcohol content (BAC). If the BAC is above a certain threshold (usually 0.02%), the car will not start. The device also requires random retests while the car is in operation to ensure that the driver remains sober.
Why are IIDs Required?
IIDs are typically required for drivers who have been convicted of a DUI or DWI. They are often a condition of probation or a requirement for reinstating a driver's license. IIDs are designed to prevent repeat offenses and keep the roads safe.
How Long Do I Have to Use an IID?
The length of time that you are required to use an IID varies depending on the state and the severity of the offense. In Texas, for example, first-time offenders may be required to use an IID for up to one year, while repeat offenders may be required to use one for up to five years.
How Much Does an IID Cost?
The cost of an IID varies depending on the provider and the length of time that it is required. Generally, drivers are responsible for the installation and monthly rental fees, which can range from $50 to $150 per month. There may also be additional fees for calibration and maintenance.
What Happens if I Violate the IID Requirements?
Violating the IID requirements can result in serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and the revocation of your driver's license. It is important to take the IID requirements seriously and to comply with all of the terms of your probation or reinstatement.
IIDs can be a challenging and frustrating requirement, but they are an important tool for preventing drunk driving accidents. If you or someone you know has been ordered to install an IID, it is important to understand how they work and what to expect.
The Law Offices of Ryan H. Deck can help you navigate the legal system and ensure that you comply with all of the requirements of your probation or reinstatement. Contact us today to learn more.