Drunk Driving Ignition Interlock Device
Depending on your state’s laws, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle if you want to retain your driving privileges.
Some states impose this penalty on repeat offenders.
What is an ignition interlock device?
Installed at your expense, this machine requires you to blow into a tube in order to start your vehicle. If the device detects that you have even a small trace of alcohol on your breath, it will prevent your vehicle from starting. The tube, which is connected to a meter, is mounted on your dashboard.
How does this device work?
Installed by a professional, the device is spliced into your vehicle’s circuit, which controls the ignition. Because it is incorporated right into your vehicle’s electrical system, it can prevent your vehicle from starting. It is set up so that if alcohol is detected on your breath, a chemical reaction will take place inside the device, which will prevent a switch from activating and thus starting your vehicle.
If you successfully start your vehicle, the device may also be programmed to have you breathe into the tube every few minutes in order to keep your vehicle running. This is to ensure that you don’t consume alcohol after you have already started your vehicle.
In addition to having this device installed at your cost, you’ll also be required to have it maintained monthly. Each time your device is serviced, a record of the information will be collected and sent to authorities. The information it records includes any attempts to interfere or bypass the machine.
How much does the ignition interlock device cost?
It may cost approximately $60 to $75 and up a month to have this machine maintained. To have it installed, this cost can range anywhere from $25 all the way up to $100. Keep in mind that these fees are completely separate from all of the other fines and court costs associated with a drunk driving conviction.
This is why it’s important to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Your attorney may be able to help you avoid all of these costs by having your charge reduced or even dismissed.
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