Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are being increasingly used to prevent drivers who have been convicted of a
DUI from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. What is an IID exactly?
It’s a small breath testing device, not much bigger than your cellphone,
that is wired to your vehicle’s ignition.
IIDs are installed in cars and connected to a vehicle’s ignition
system. When a person is ready to drive, they will have to exhale into
the device. If they fail to provide a breath sample, or if the IID detects
a certain level of alcohol (or more) in the driver’s breath, the
vehicle will not start.
IIDs generally require that a driver take tests at various times throughout
their trip in order to prevent a sober person from blowing into the device
to start the car or for a person to consume alcohol after their car has
been started. In this case, the driver has to provide a breath sample
under the preset amount of time or else an alarm will go off and continue
until the ignition is shut off.
The device will also record
BAC and store a record. This report can be used by law enforcement and the
court if a person is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol
when an IID has been installed. If a driver who is required by the court
to install an IID is caught driving without one, they can face additional
fines and penalties.
Monthly maintenance keeps the IID accurate and also provides information
about BAC levels, driving, and tampering to law enforcement. Motorists
who are required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle
will be required to pay for monthly calibration of their device, as well
as installation and removal.
About Court-Ordered IIDs
IIDs are an effective tool for preventing drunk driving and multiple DUI
offenses, and courts in Southern California are using them more and more.
If the court orders you to install an IID, you must have an authorized
installer do it for you, and you must show the court that it was installed
by an authorized dealer.
Once the court notifies the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about the IID requirement, the DMV will make a note on your driving record,
which the police will see on your records if you are stopped.
If you fail to install a court-ordered IID, your license will be suspended
and you will have to refrain from driving until you sort it out. Because
IIDs can be a challenging and costly penalty in DUI cases, our legal team
works hard to protect our clients from conviction and consequences.
To learn more about IIDs and how our Orange County DUI lawyers can help
with your case,
contact us today.