Ignition Interlocks in Virginia

What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in the Commonwealth of Virginia you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle you own and operate. If you are granted a restricted license you are required to install this ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This type of device is similar to a breathalyzer machine. The device is typically installed on the dashboard of the car and requires a breath sample each time the car is started. If you have been drinking or below and unacceptable alcohol level your automobile will not start. Any unacceptable breath samples will be recorded in the device’s memory. It will also warn the driver that in unacceptable breath sample has been registered and asked for a clean breath sample immediately. If this is not provided the lights on the vehicle will begin flashing in the porn will begin honking. If the car is already in motion it does not immobilize the car.

§ 18.2-270.1. Ignition interlock systems

“Ignition interlock system” means a device that (i) connects a motor vehicle ignition system to an analyzer that measures a driver’s blood alcohol content; (ii) prevents a motor vehicle ignition from starting if a driver’s blood alcohol content exceeds 0.02 percent; and (iii) is equipped with the ability to perform a rolling retest and to electronically log the blood alcohol content during ignition, attempted ignition and rolling retest.

These types of devices are sold across the Commonwealth of Virginia at various locations. You can expect to pay at least $200 to have the device installed in your vehicle and the fee maybe more if you drive a luxury car as it takes longer to install. You also had to pay monthly rental fee for the duration of the time you use the device on the car this the ranges between 50 and $100 per month. The device also must be calibrated to ensure that it is working properly and that it is recording any problems that may arise. The device is normally checked every 60 days a court may view your failure to have the device calibrated as a violation of the ignition interlock program.

Virginia code outlines exactly what an ignition interlock system must be in order for it to be a qualifying device. The ignition interlock system is a portion of the punishment you must incur as a result of a DUI conviction. If you have received a DUI, DWI or any other type of traffic ticket you may want to consider hiring an experienced traffic defense attorney to help you with your case. We may be able to get your case reduced or even dismissed. Depending on where you live there may be an opportunity for you to have a plea agreement where you were to plead guilty to a lesser offense and avoid the negative repercussions involved when you plead guilty to a DUI. Remember a DUI for will hurt your driving record, cause increases in your insurance, cost you a lot of money and inconvenience.