Ignition Interlock Device

Ignition Interlock Device

With the alcohol-related accidents staggeringly increasing in most of the states in US, the government hopes that the implementation of the program like ignition interlocks would considerably reduce such accidents in future. Now over 40 states in US have ignition interlock programs. Recently, Arizona launched the ignition interlock program which forces the first time DUI offenders to have the device installed in their means. This program is modeled after New Mexico’s interlock program which resulted in the reduction of alcohol-related accidents to 12 percent.

What is an ignition interlock device (IID)?

Ignition interlock device (IID) is an alcohol breath screening device which is installed in a means’s dashboard. Once the ignition interlock device is installed in your means, you are required to provide your breath sample by simply breathing out into the device before every time you start your means. If your blood alcohol level is above a preset level, i.e. 0.2 to 0.4 BAC, your means will not start.

And already while you are driving, the interlock device prompts at random times for a breath sample. By this way, it prevents an intoxicated driver to let a friend breath into the device and then excursion away. But if you refuse to provide your breath sample or your breath sample exceeds the preset BAC of your ignition interlock device, it warns you, log the event automatically and then starts up an alarm until the ignition is switched off.

Who should install the device?

A person with a prior DUI conviction in addition as a first time DUI offenders having a high blood alcohol content or declined to take a chemical test or caused accidents are required to install the device in their means.

Installation costs

Ignition interlock device can be installed after you get your driving licence reinstated. The installation fee costs around $100 to $200 and usually depends upon your means’s kind or installation time duration.

The monthly rental fee for the device costs around $70 to $100 and you will also be required to make a scheduled appointment for every 30 to 60 days to have your device calibrated.

Overall fees involved:

  • Installation fee
  • monthly rental fee
  • maintenance fee
  • data download fee (downloading data from IID)

Penalties for not complying with the ignition interlock program

If a person with an ignition interlock device license drives the means without the device he will be placed under fines and imprisonment for a short term.

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