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Ignition Interlock Devices After a DUI

One of the worst DUI penalties is losing your driving privileges. Suddenly, getting to work or school could become impossible. Fortunately, it’s possible to get back behind the wheel even after a DUI/OVUII arrest: install an ignition interlock device (IID). Just what is this device, and how can it help you get back out on the road? Below, our Honolulu DUI lawyer supplies what you need to know.

Ignition Interlock Devices Explained

An IID measures the concentration of alcohol in a person’s breath and is attached to your car’s electrical system. It is essentially the size of a cell phone.  To start a car, you need to blow into the device so it can measure whether you’ve been drinking. Think of the IID as like a breathalyzer but attached to your car.

If you don’t have alcohol in your breath, the car will start and you can be on your way. But if you have been drinking, the car won’t start, and you’re basically stuck there.

Many IIDs require “running tests.” While driving, you will periodically be prompted to blow into the device again. If your alcohol concentration is too high, the horn will sound and lights will flash, which should draw the attention of law enforcement. The vehicle won’t stop, though.

Some people think they can bypass the IID by having someone else blow for them. This doesn’t work very well, however. Some IIDs have cameras attached that will take a picture of the person providing a breath sample. It’s also hard for someone who isn’t driving to blow unless they are in the driver’s seat.

Of course, you might simply borrow someone’s car which doesn’t have the IID installed. But if you do this and get caught, you are breaking the law. There’s no reason to risk it.

When IIDs Are Required

A judge can require even a first-time OVUII offender to install an IID as a condition of being able to drive. You might need to wait 30 days before you can install it.

Generally speaking, a first-time offender will need to use the IID for a year. A repeat offender will need it installed for 18 months, and someone with a third offense will need it on their car for two years.

Because the IID is installed in the vehicle, anyone who drives your car will need to blow to start it. But this is a small price to pay for being able to start driving soon after a DUI arrest or conviction. So long as you avoid drinking and driving, you should have no problems with the IID.

Cost and Installation

The driver must pay to have the IID installed on their vehicle. The cost of installation is between $70 and $150, and there are monthly costs for monitoring the device ($60-80 a month). However, if the device allows you to get to work, then it is worth its weight in gold.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Options Following an Arrest

One common concern we hear with OVUII clients is, “I’m afraid I’ll lose my job if I can’t drive.” An IID is a lifesaver in this regard. To find out more about moving on with your life after a DUI arrest, call Holcomb Law today. Our Honolulu DUI lawyer can help you get your life back.