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How does an ignition interlock device work?

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2021 | DUI - Drunk Driving |

Oklahoma residents who have had multiple DUIs will likely be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car. This device is meant to help prevent the driver from having access to the vehicle in the event that they are intoxicated.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a mechanism that uses a Breathalyzer test to start a vehicle. When the driver gets behind the wheel, they will need to blow into the Breathalyzer. If their breath alcohol concentration is below the limits set on the ignition interlock device, the vehicle will start. If their breath alcohol concentration is at or above the set point, the car won’t start.

When are drivers required to use an ignition interlock device?

Ignition interlock devices are typically prescribed as part of a person’s probation regulations after being convicted of DUI. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for issuing the need for an ignition interlock device for a specific driver. The Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug Influence, or BOT for short, is the group that regulates the ignition interlock device industry.

When a person is prescribed an ignition interlock device as part of their probation, they will need to set up an appointment with a specialized service center. Only BOT-approved service centers can install the ignition interlock device according to the BOT specifications. The driver whose vehicle is being fitted with the device will typically be responsible for the cost of installation.

Having an ignition interlock device is something that many people undergo after being convicted of alcohol-related driving offenses. These systems can be expensive to use and have installed in your vehicle. It’s a good idea to seek the help of legal counsel if you’ve been charged with an alcohol-related offense.