Is an ignition interlock device in your future?

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2021 | Criminal Defense

In Oklahoma, if you have a blood alcohol concentration above the state’s 0.08% legal limit, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle. Driving under the influence of alcohol may trigger severe legal penalties, possibly including jail time and fines. You may also lose your driver’s license.

After you become eligible for a reinstatement of your driving privileges, you may be itching to leave your DUI conviction behind you. Still, you may have to install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle you drive.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a small device that attaches to your vehicle’s ignition. Before starting your vehicle, you must breathe into the device. If you have alcohol in your system, your vehicle’s engine will not engage. Then, officials will receive an alert indicating you tried to drive with more than a 0.00% BAC.

Who must install ignition interlock devices?

Those with first-time DUI convictions must install ignition interlock devices if they either refused a breath test during their arrests or had a BAC of 0.15% or higher at the time of their arrests. If you have a first-time DUI conviction, you typically must keep the device on your vehicle for a year and a half after your revocation period. Your requirement may last longer, however.

What are your responsibilities?

You have the responsibility to pay for the installation, removal and servicing of your interlock device. If you drive more than one vehicle, you must pay these costs for every device you have. You also must carry a special driver’s license that indicates you may only drive vehicles with interlock devices.

Ultimately, while having an ignition interlock device on your car, truck or SUV may seem like a burden, being able to drive again may be worth the hassle and expense.

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