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All about ignition interlock devices

An ignition interlock device is a smaller breathalyzer that is electronically synced to a vehicle's ignition.
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    December 12, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There are various consequences for a DWI conviction in Missouri. The number of any prior convictions a person may have plus individual circumstances may affect the eventual outcome of such a case. The installation of an ignition interlock device is one thing that may be ordered by a court.

What is an IID?

Simply put, an ignition interlock device is a handheld breathalyzer that is electronically synced to a vehicle's ignition. Drivers who are required to have the device installed must breathe into it before they are allowed to start a vehicle all the way. The device measures the blood alcohol content of the driver and sends that information to the ignition, essentially letting it know whether or not it can be started.

How often are tests required?

Every time a driver is going to start the car, a new test is required. If a driver passes the initial test, the vehicle can start and be driven. Once on the road, the system will indicate that a follow up test must be taken at random intervals. Because these can be conducted while the car is in motion, they are referred to as rolling retests. A driver has six minutes from the time of the signal to perform the test.

If a rolling retest is failed, the driver is expected to stop driving. If the car continues in motion, the lights may start flashing and the horn may honk until a subsequent retest is passed or until the car is stopped.

In some cases if a request to stop driving is not heeded, the vehicle can be put into lockout mode which will require that it be towed to a location where the ignition can be released. The driver is responsible for all costs associated with these actions including the towing and the servicing to release the ignition.

Is maintenance required?

Under Missouri law, the ignition interlock device must be serviced every month to ensure proper operation. During the servicing, the device is inspected for potential tampering or other damage to the unit. Additionally, all data is downloaded and sent electronically to the state for recording. The device records all vehicle starts, stops and test dates, times and results.

Who must install an IID?

Drivers convicted of their first DWI may be required to install an IID but that decision is dependent on the court's discretion. Drivers with a prior DWI conviction will be required to utilize an ignition interlock device for a minimum of six months. Any drivers that refuse to submit to a chemical test will also be required to install an IID.

The importance of seeking legal help

If you have been stopped and arrested for a DWI, obtaining legal help is very important. The right defense is the best way that you can get the fair treatment you deserve.

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