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What is ignition interlock?

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2018 | Criminal Defense

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A DUI conviction can be a life-changing situation. Penalties, fines, and possible license suspension may be required. However, there is an alternative that may allow you to keep your license.

Some offenders may be eligible for an Ignition Interlock device. Ignition Interlock is a device similar to a breathalyzer that measures the level of alcohol in a person’s system before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. An individual must blow into the device before he or she can start the car. If the amount of alcohol in his or her system exceeds a pre-programmed level, the interlock device temporarily locks the vehicle’s ignition, and the engine cannot start until a valid breath sample is provided.

The initial test

The Ignition Interlock requires an individual to take an initial test when first getting into his or her vehicle. The first time alcohol is detected, the driver will be required to wait a few minutes before he or she can take the test again. If he or she fails subsequent tests, the driver is locked out for increasingly longer periods of time.

The rolling re-test

In addition to the initial test, some Ignition Interlock devices require random re-testing. A “rolling re-test” ensures that a driver does not consume alcohol after performing the initial test. In a re-test, the interlock device will beep while the vehicle is in motion, signaling the driver to deliver a breath sample. If alcohol is detected, the ignition interlock device will signal the driver to stop the car by blowing the horn and flashing the lights.

A majority of states use Ignition Interlock as an alternative to revoking driving privileges after an individual is convicted of a DUI. It allows these individuals to continue working, attending school, and participating in other routine activities.

Am I eligible for Ignition Interlock?

If you were convicted of a DUI and have questions about whether or not you are eligible for an Ignition Interlock device, our attorneys can help. Please call our main office at 908-454-3200 to schedule a consultation, or you can reach us online with any questions you may have.

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