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What Is An Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

Posted by Raymond Ejarque | Jul 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

An ignition interlock device is a system installed in an individual's car after they are convicted of DUI. The device requires the individual to blow into the system before allowing the car to start and is available for those who have been convicted of DUI, but still need to use a car to get to work or school. A car with an Ignition Interlock Device will not start unless the individual's BAC is under .025.

There are a number of instances when you must have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle before you r license may be reinstated. These instances include: after a conviction for an alcohol or drug related DUI, after some convictions for reckless driving, and after some convictions for negligent driving. In most circumstances the court will require the individual to have an IID for at least a year and may require all the way up to 10 years for multiple DUI convictions. Lastly, an IID will not be removed from your vehicle unless the court receives notice from the interlock company that you haven't tried to start the vehicle with a BAC of .04 or more, or failed to take/ pass any required test, or failed to get scheduled maintenance on the device.

Ignition interlock devices cannot be contested and if you attempt to remove the device before the requirement period is over, your driving privileges will be suspended. Generally, all expenses related to the IID will be your responsibility and you must be able to show proof of financial responsibility such as SR-22, high risk car insurance.

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Raymond Ejarque

Raymond Ejarque has practiced law since his admission to the Washington State Bar in June of 1994. He started his career in public interest law helping migrant farm workers and indigents in Texas and Washington State.  Later he worked in Criminal defense as a public defender in Seattle for many y...


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