What You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices

Sometimes it seems like we are constantly being monitored by the government. From security cameras to ignition interlock devices (IIDs), people’s behavior is being watched and shaped. What you need to know about these IIDs could help you deal with one – or avoid one altogether.

How an Ignition Interlock Device Works

This is a piece of equipment attached to a vehicle to prevent a driver who has been drinking from operating the vehicle. The driver blows into a tube that measures his or her breath alcohol concentration (BrAC). The IID will not allow the car to start if the driver’s BrAC is above a certain limit. Generally, the alcohol concentration limit is 0.025 unless otherwise ordered by the court.

When Ignition Interlock Devices Are Used

A court may issue an order requiring an IID for someone who has been charged with or convicted of an offense involving the use, consumption or possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. An individual who participates in a deferred prosecution program may also be ordered to install an IID.

Ignition Interlock Devices May Be Mandatory

A court order has to be followed – unless your attorney is able to challenge it. So, if a court told you to install an IID, you have to do so or risk further penalties. In fact, an individual who has been ordered to use an IID commits a crime when driving a vehicle that does not have an IID installed.

You May Have to Pay Fees to Use the Device

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, drivers with IIDs may pay monthly fees, installation fees, and removal fees. People with low incomes may ask for financial assistance.

Sometimes There’s an Employer-Owned Vehicle Exception

As noted above, the law prohibits someone who was ordered to use an IID from driving a vehicle that does not have an IID installed. But what about people who drive employer-owned vehicles? The law provides an exception that may exempt those vehicles from the court order. However, the employer must provide the court with documentation and the court must approve the request.

What You Don’t Know about Ignition Interlock Devices Can Hurt You

The best thing to know is how to avoid being ordered to install one in your car. If DUI charges are hanging over your head, you need legal representation as soon as possible.

Call (425) 747-0582 for a free consultation with lawyer Sarah Cho at Peak Justice. She gladly uses her experience and training to assist clients like you. From her office located in Bellevue, Washington, Ms. Cho represents clients throughout the Seattle area.

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