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The 411 On Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition interlock devices have been making national headlines recently with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s push to create a federal mandate requiring these devices for first time DWI offenders; however, many people are still unfamiliar with how they operate.

In its most basic definition, an IID is quite similar to a Breathalyzer device, except that it is connected to an automobile’s dashboard inside the vehicle. In order for the car to start, a motorist is required to breathe into the device. If the IID detects that the motorist’s blood alcohol content is above a preprogrammed level, then the vehicle’s engine will not start.

How Does an IID Work?

§  The motorist blows into the ignition interlock device.

§  The fuel cell within the IID will analyze the blood alcohol concentration of the breath sample.

§  If the BAC level is above the preprogrammed limit, then the fuel cell sends a signal to the relay to stay open, and the vehicle will not start.

§  If the BAC level is within the preprogrammed limit, then the fuel cell sends a signal to the relay to close, and the automobile will start.

Restricted Driver’s Licenses

When a motorist has their driver’s license suspended for a DWI conviction, the state court may enable the motorist to obtain a restricted license after a specific period of time has passed. In most instances, this modified driver’s license will legally enable the motorist to travel to and from their school, place of employment, alcohol and drug treatment classes, and other specific destinations that the court system defines.

After a predetermined amount of time has passed (established by the court or state law), the motorist can apply for the restricted license. Most states will only issue a restricted driver’s if the driver in question has had an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle.

Reinstatement of Drivers’ Licenses

The majority of states that have enacted laws regarding IIDs have made their installation mandatory for motorists who are convicted of second, third, fourth, or subsequent DWI convictions. They have now become a de facto prerequisite for driver’s license reinstatement; although, not all states require them. A motorist may not legally be allowed to have their license reinstated without first having an IID installed in their vehicle for a predetermined period of time, as determined by state law.

Like almost all DWI law, the requirements for IIDs differ from one state to the next. Since the year 2009, an increasing number of states have begun to legally require IID installation for both driver’s license reinstatement and for hardship licenses.

Can IIDs Be “Tricked”?

Ignition interlock devices are designed to comply with stringent government requirements and have been created with safety and security in mind. Even if a motorist is capable of circumventing an IID, the penalties for getting caught are quite severe. Trickery will only cause a situation to go from bad to worse.

There are always a small percentage of motorists who attempt to “trick” an IID by having a sober friend or acquaintance blow into the device for them; however, many IIDs require periodic rolling tests to be conducted. A rolling test involves providing a breath sample while the vehicle is in motion to ensure that the driver is not drinking as they drive. If a person is caught providing a breath sample for an impaired motorist, he or she can also face criminal charges.

Aren’t Rolling Tests Considered Dangerous?

When a rolling test needs to be performed, the driver will be provided with an ample amount of time to pull their car over to the side of the road, or leave the roadway altogether, before providing another breath sample. This is done to ensure the safety of the driver, as well as other motorists on the roads at the time.

If the driver of the car fails the rolling test after they have pulled over, then the ignition interlock device will record the failure. It will shut off the car’s engine, and the driver will be unable to restart it for a period of time. The failure results are then reported to the motorist’s probation officer or the local police department.

How Much Does an IID Cost? Who Is Required to Pay For It?

In almost all instances, the motorist who was convicted of a DWI is legally required to pay for the monetary cost of installing the IID, as well as its monthly maintenance fees. These prices vary across the United States, but in the state of New Hampshire, the average installation cost for an IID ranges from between $50.00 to $200.00. The cost may be more for motorists who drive luxury vehicles. The monthly rental fees for ignition interlock devices ranges from $50.00 to $100.00. There may also be various maintenance fees associated with the device, in addition to the cost for downloading the data from the IID.

How to Avoid IID Requirements

There is no doubt about it. Having to have an IID installed in your vehicle is a pain in the rear. The best method of avoiding IID requirements altogether is to avoid a DWI conviction. In order to do so, you are going to need to have an experienced New Hampshire DWI attorney fighting on your behalf. This is where our law firm can help. To set up a free consultation regarding your case, please contact us today via phone, email, or through our website.

 

 

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