Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) In Fresno
Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) in California
There are four counties in California that require an IID to be installed
on a first time DUI conviction. Tulare County is one of those counties.
In Fresno, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device
in your vehicle after a DUI charge. However, it is not mandatory. It will
depend on the circumstances. An ignition interlock device is used in order
to monitor a driver's Blood Alcohol Concentration. (BAC). It works
by requiring the driver to breathe into a breathalyzer-type device, usually
installed on the vehicle's ignition. If the ignition interlock device
determines that the driver has consumed alcohol, the device will prevent
the engine from starting.
How Does IID Work?
If you blow and the IID does not pick up alcohol, the engine will start
and you are free to drive your car. However, be aware that the device
will conduct random “running” tests. This “running”
test requires the driver to give a breath sample while the vehicle is
in use. This helps to prevent other people from initially blowing into
the device to get the car started. If you fail the “running”
test, the car won't shut off, however, when you stop and shut off
the car, you will be locked out and prevented from restarting your car
for 5 days. If a driver fails this “running” test, a violation
will be registered.
If you blow over the threshold level and the device prohibits you from
driving, you will be locked out for a short period of time - approximately
a few minutes. However, if you fail subsequent tests, you will be locked
out for a more substantial length of time.This device has proven to be
very successful in preventing drinking and driving offenses. In fact,
the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has stated that the
institution of ignition interlock devices along with monitoring and other
programs has decreased DUI offenses by 40-95%.
Installation and Maintenance of an IID After a Fresno DUI
If you are court ordered to to install an ignition interlock device in
your vehicle, you will be required to hire an authorized installer to
do the job and you will be required to provide a receipt or some other
type of proof of installation to the court. Once the device has been installed
in your vehicle, you must follow certain rules related to the use and
maintenance of the device:
- You may not ask another person to blow into the device;
- Another person may not blow into the device;
- You may not remove, bypass, or tamper with the device;
- You may not drive a vehicle without an ignition interlock device once your
license has been restricted.
If you do not follow the required tasks related to the installation of
an ignition interlock device, your already restricted license can be terminated
completely. Once installed, the device requires maintenance and calibration.
The term calibration means testing the device in order to make sure it
is measuring accurately. The state of California requires you to calibrate
the device every 60 days.
Along with the required maintenance of the device, there are also related
fees. The cost to install the device in your vehicle is generally between
$50-$200. This cost is usually based on the make and model of your vehicle.
Once it is installed, you will need to pay a monthly rental fee. This
fee ranges between $50-$100.
Do You Need a DUI Defense Lawyer?
We have relationships with the IID providers in California and can get
you connected with a IID provider if the need arises. Ignition interlock
devices are expensive and maintenance is time consuming. Contact our office
here in Fresno and we will be able to get you accurate information and
help regarding your DUI and the potential IID consequences.