How Long Do I Need an Ignition Interlock Device?
Got a DUI and you’re hearing that you need to install an Ignition Interlock Device? How long will you need this device exactly? First, you should know that there are several reasons why you have the Ignition Interlock for a specified period. These reasons can vary, whether it’s state law, the number of DUIs you have, the circumstances around your current DUI, your driving history and/or others. Let’s go over in more detail how you can find out the length of time you’ll need your Ignition Interlock Device.
Ignition Interlock Device Requirement
You probably have a good idea of what an Ignition Interlock does, which is to measure your breath alcohol concentration level (BrAC). The device will prompt you for a breath test before you can start your vehicle. If your BrAC is at a certain level or higher, your vehicle won’t start. The Ignition Interlock will also prompt for random running retests during your drive. An Ignition Interlock Separates Drinking From Driving® so you can get back on the road safely and legally if you have a DUI arrest and/or conviction.
When a court or state office orders the device, they are the oversight authority of your Ignition Interlock requirement period. Your court documents, or the paperwork you receive from your DMV for example, will show you how long you’ll need your Ignition Interlock in most cases. The device can be a requirement as a DUI conviction and/or to reinstate your driving privileges.
You may find that the Interlock requirement for a first-time DUI conviction without aggravating circumstances can vary anywhere from a few months to a year, however this period can change, and not all states require Ignition Interlocks for first DUI cases. If there are other factors such as having a minor in your vehicle at the time of your DUI, or if you refused your test, your Ignition Interlock period can be extended. Second, third or subsequent DUIs will also have longer Ignition Interlock requirement periods.
Regardless of how long you’ll need the Ignition Interlock, remember that correctly finishing the program will lead to a more seamless experience with your device.
Ignition Interlock Tips
It’s important to comply with your Ignition Interlock requirements so you don’t receive any additional consequences. Our Ignition Interlock will fit into your every-day routine in no time. Smart Start Ignition Interlocks are small, discreet and very easy to use! If you do find yourself still needing to install an Ignition Interlock, Smart Start can help.
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