Florida Drivers: 5 Things to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices

Certain DUI offenders in Florida might be able to keep their driving privileges in exchange for installing an interlock ignition device (IID) in their vehicle. This device measures the breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of drivers before they start a car they own or routinely use. This blog will answer some of the most frequently asked questions Floridians have about the state’s IID program. 

When is an IID required ?

An IID is required for most Floridians who have been convicted of multiple DUIs. First-time offenders will typically be required to install one if they had a blood alcohol level of at least .15 or had a minor in the vehicle when they were arrested. Courts also have the discretion to order an IID for first-timers regardless of the circumstances. Additionally, pre-trial diversion programs for non-felony DUI arrestees may involve an IID. 

How does an IID work?

The actual device is installed inside your vehicle. Each brand is slightly different, but the goal is the same: to prevent drivers with a BAC of more than .025 from getting behind the wheel. You (or anyone else who uses your car) will be required to use the IID either right before or right after starting the vehicle. The IID will not shut off your vehicle while in use, but it might prompt you to take a rolling retest, which requires you to pull over within three minutes and retest. 

How long will I need to have an IID for my vehicle? 

That depends on how many times you have been convicted for a DUI. First-time offenders will need one for at least six months. A second conviction will require a driver to have an IID for at least one year (sometimes two years). Those with at least four DUI convictions will have an IID for a minimum of five years. 

Do I have to install an IID myself? 

Yes. If a court orders you to have an IID, you will need to contact an approved IID provider and arrange for its installation. You will also need to pay for the device; the average cost of an IID is $3 per day. 

What are common IID violations? 

Any tampering with an IID is prohibited. Getting someone else to use the device is also not lawful, as is refusing a rolling retest. If you are ordered to install an IID on your vehicle, you have a limited time frame to get the ball rolling on the process. Violating other terms of the IID program, including any violations of your hardship or temporary license, will also result in penalties.

The penalties for IID violations are quite serious, especially when compounded with the other restrictions one is subject to right after a DUI arrest or conviction. If you’re dealing with a DUI charge, you need a firm that focuses exclusively on these cases. Camadeco Law Group is laser-focused on helping Floridians defend against DUI charges and would be honored to fight for you. Set up a time to speak with our firm today.

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