Ignition Interlock Device

An ignition interlock is a device that requires a person to blow into a breath testing machine to not only start their car, but the driver must also blow intermittently while the car is in motion if he or she wants to keep it in motion!

The ignition interlock must be installed in any car owned or driven by a person who is convicted of a DWI.

The “IID” restriction will be noted on your license. If you get caught driving a vehicle without an IID, you will be arrested and charged with a crime.

Most courts in New York are requiring installation of the ignition interlock for MISDEMEANOR DWI convictions for six months or one year.

If the ignition interlock detects a blood alcohol concentration level of .025 or over it will not allow the car to start. And if your family member drives the car, he or she needs to blow too. And yes, mouthwash may keep you from getting to work.

I recently spoke with the program director of the IID program in Dutchess County who advised that there would soon be a “new and improved” IID available. It will actually be able to detect when someone other than the person with the conviction is behind the wheel so as to avoid those who live with the restricted driver from having to utilize the device. Gee, thanks Big Brother!