If you’ve been charged with a DUI, or know someone who has, then you may have heard the term”ignition interlock” thrown around. But what exactly is an Ignition Interlock System?
An Ignition Interlock System is a breathalyzer that’s installed in your car, ensuring the driver is sober before driving. Many states, Maryland included, require them following a DUI conviction. We get asked questions regarding these systems quite often, so we wanted to take some time today to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Maryland Ignition Interlock Program.
When Do I Need to Install an Ignition Interlock Device?
If you’ve been convicted of a DUI charge, then more likely than not the judge will order that your vehicle be outfitted with an Ignition Interlock Device (sometimes referred to as an IID). Registration in the Maryland Ignition Interlock Program is required on your first offense if your BAC (blood alcohol content) is 0.15 or higher, and is required for any additional or future offenses as well.
Can I Voluntarily Install an IID?
While most who get them, are required to do so via court order, it is possible to have one installed voluntarily if you wish to do so. Sometimes opting to voluntarily install an IID can help you or a loved one with the alcohol treatment process and can help with accountability.
How Exactly Do They Work?
They work exactly how normal breathalyzers work. There is a mouthpiece that you must blow into, and the device will read your BAC. If you are under the legal limit you will be able to start your car, if not then you shouldn’t be driving!
How Effective are Ignition Interlock Systems?
This system has quickly proven to be highly effective. IIDs are supported not only by the state government of Maryland (and many other states), but is also advocated for by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ignition Interlock systems have already helped save many lives.
How Long Does it Take to Install A Maryland Ignition Interlock Device?
Typically installations take under an hour, though this may vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
Can They Cause Damage to My Vehicle?
If installed correctly, then an IID should cause no damage to your vehicle whatsoever, but installed correctly is the key term. We’ve heard many horror stories over the years of improperly installed IIDs, with the installers cutting into the vehicle and causing permanent damage. Make sure when choosing your installer, that you pick one that’s reputable and experienced.
Need Help With a DUI Charge?
Having to deal with an IID can be quite a pain, and the best way to avoid it is to avoid the charges all together. If you need help with a DUI charge in Maryland or with an Ignition Interlock System in Maryland, call us to schedule your free consultation today. Our team is standing by ready to help you!