New Requirements for DUI Restricted License
Ignition Interlock System May Be Required
Effective January 2011 First Time DUI offenders who apply for a restricted license may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they operate. A person convicted of first offense DUI (Driving Under the Influence of intoxicants) faces fines, jail time, suspension of drivers license, etc. However, such a person may apply to the court for a restricted drivers license, in particular if it is required for employment.
The court has discretion to require a ignition interlock system for anyone who is granted a restricted license. An ignition interlock system shall be required if the offense involved any of the following factors:
1. blood or breath alcohol concentration of fifteen hundredths of one percent (.15%) or higher;
- a person under eighteen (18) years of age was in the vehicle at the time of the offense
3 the offender was involved in a traffic accident on a public roadway and the accident is the proximate result of the person’s intoxication; or
4. Is in violation of the implied consent law and has a conviction or juvenile delinquency adjudication for a violation that occurred within five (5) years of the instant implied consent violation, for: implied consent, underage driving while impaired, violation of open container law, or reckless driving.
An ignition interlock system is a breathalyzer unit which is wired into the ignition system of the vehicle. The settings of the system vary depending upon several factors, but all settings are well under the legal limit for intoxication. If a driver is legally impaired the vehicle will not start.
As with all laws there are many factors and many exceptions to these requirements. To learn more about the new DUI restricted license requirements or about violations of driving under the influence law, consult with a lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, consult with a DUI attorney immediately.
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