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Ignition Interlock Device

IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE 

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a device, like a breathalyzer, installed to a vehicle’s dashboard. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver first must exhale into the device, if the resultant breath-alcohol concentration analyzed result is greater than the programmed equivalent blood alcohol concentration—usually 0.02% or 0.04%, the device prevents the engine from being started. At random times after the engine has been started, the IID will require another breath sample. The purpose of this is to prevent a friend from breathing into the device, enabling the intoxicated person to get behind the wheel and drive away. If the breath sample isn’t provided, or the sample exceeds the ignition interlock’s preset blood alcohol level, the device will log the event, warn the driver and then start up an alarm (e.g., lights flashing, horn honking, etc.) until the ignition is turned off, or a clean breath sample has been provided.

Ignition interlock devices use an ethanol-specific fuel cell for a sensor. A fuel cell sensor is an electrochemical device in which alcohol undergoes a chemical oxidation reaction at a catalytic electrode surface to generate an electric current. This current is then measured and converted to an alcohol equivalent reading.

The devices keep a record of the activity on the device and the interlocked vehicle’s electrical system. This record, or log, is printed out or downloaded each time the device’s sensors are calibrated, 60, intervals under California Vehicle Code §23575(d).

The costs of installation, maintenance and calibration are paid by the offender, and typically are about $75 per month.

FIRST OFFENSE

California Vehicle Code §23575 states the court may require that a person convicted of a first offense violation of Section 23152 (DUI) or 23153 (Felony DUI) install a certified ignition interlock device on any vehicle that the person owns or operates and prohibit that person from operating a motor vehicle unless that vehicle is equipped with a functioning, certified ignition interlock device. Also, the court shall give heightened consideration to applying this sanction to a first offense violator with 0.15 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at arrest, or with two or more prior moving traffic violations, or to persons who refused the chemical tests at arrest. The term shall be determined by the court for a period not to exceed three years from the date of conviction.

SUSPENDED LICENSE DUE TO DUI

California Vehicle Code §23575(a)(2) provides the court shall require a person convicted of a violation of Section 14601.2 (suspended license due to DUI)  to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle that the person owns or operates and prohibit the person from operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is equipped with a functioning, certified ignition interlock device. The term of the restriction shall be determined by the court for a period not to exceed three years from the date of conviction.

FACING YOUR DUI CHARGE AND AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE 

If you are facing a DUI, you should find a dui lawyer, the best dui lawyer.

Kenneth M. Hallum is a Santa Barbara attorney handling DUI cases exclusively and can answer your drunk driving questions, questions about the DUI arrest report, whether DUI reckless driving is an alternative or option, whether a driver’s license suspension, or a dui suspension can be avoided, or the specifics of a DUI trial. There are many issues Santa Barbara DUI lawyers must address. Facing a DUI alone is not an option you want to take.  There are serious ramifications to dealing with the legal system that will impact your life if not handled correctly.  It is best to obtain the services of a highly experienced DUI defense attorney to handle the proceedings for you.  Each case is unique with an individual set of facts, mistakes, and legal arguments, and most important each case has a unique individual component – YOU.

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Contact the Law Offices of Kenneth M. Hallum right away! Know your Rights, Options, and Defenses.