All about Ignition Interlock Devices and Arizona DUIs

Arizona imposes some of the harshest DUI penalties in the United States; however, it also allows those convicted of DUI the opportunity to get back out on the road as long as they install ignition interlock devices in their automobiles. Any driver whose license is suspended or revoked as a result of a DUI must have such devices installed in their vehicles, at their own expense, as a condition of being allowed to operate their vehicles once again.

In Mesa, ignition interlock device installation, removal, and monitoring are available at automotive shops at varying prices. If you have been required to install an ignition interlock device in your car, truck, or other automotive vehicle as a result of a DUI, it is important to note that not all of these devices are created equal. Cut-rate devices can register false positives, confusing cigarette smoke or vehicle exhaust for alcohol and preventing you from driving. It is important that you do your homework and select the device that will best enable you to exercise your right to drive.

If you are facing DUI charges and wish to avoid the conviction that will force you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, we encourage you to have your case evaluated as soon as possible by James E. Novak, one of the most experienced and successful DUI attorneys in the state.

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

An ignition interlock is a small device, approximately the size of a cell phone, that analyzes the breath of the driver who exhales into it. The device is connected to the ignition system of the vehicle. If the driver’s breath is clean – that is, free from chemical traces of alcohol – the vehicle will start. If there is alcohol on the breath, however, the vehicle will not be operational.

While the vehicle is in motion, the driver will be required to provide breath samples at random intervals. If the driver fails to provide a sample when requested, or if there is alcohol on the driver’s breath, the driver will be warned and an alarm will be triggered. The only way to stop the alarm is to pull safely off the road and stop the car. The event will be logged, and the car will remain inoperative until the driver provides a clean breath sample.

When alcohol is detected on the breath during the operation of a vehicle, the instance will be logged.

Your Device Must Be Approved by the Arizona MVD

Only MVD-approved devices may be installed in a vehicle. The convicted driver must provide proof of the installation, and may be required to carry a driver’s license that alerts authorities to the presence of the device as a condition of his or her being permitted to drive.

While ignition interlock devices may seem like an expensive burden, keep in mind that they are mandatory measures that have been put in place to preserve your freedom, your safety, and the safety of others. DUI defense attorney James E. Novak can help to answer any questions you might have about these devices and how you can avoid a DUI conviction if you have been charged. Simply contact our law offices today.

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