Installation and Expense
If you or someone you know has been convicted of driving under the influence, you may have heard about ignition interlock devices. These mechanisms are designed to keep a car from being started if the driver has a breath alcohol content (or BAC) over a preset limit. These preset limits vary from .02% to .04%, depending on the state.
In addition, this device will be randomly programmed to give you tests after you are driving. This is known as a “rolling test.”
Most states allow ignition interlock devices to be installed as a condition of having your driver’s license reinstated. It is more likely that people who have had prior DUI convictions must have the device installed. However, if a first time offender had a very high blood alcohol content, caused injury while driving under the influence, or refused to take a chemical test, they may also be required to obtain the ignition interlock devise.
The first thing that you will have to pay for are the fees to have your license reinstated. These fees vary from state to state. After this comes the interlock device installation.
Typically, the offender must pay for the ignition interlock device installation. The installation costs around $50 to $200. This fee may be more if you have a luxury vehicle or if installation takes longer.
In some states, there are certain circumstances in which the fees paid for a DUI conviction can be applied to the ignition interlock device installation.
There is a monthly rental fee for the device. This fee ranges from $50 to $100. You will also be responsible for maintenance expenses as well as fees for downloading the data from the ignition interlock device.
You will also be required to come in for scheduled appointments to have your ignition interlock device calibrated, or to have the records downloaded and the device reset so that you can keep driving.
Going in for calibration appointments is extremely important. The device will normally need to be checked every 60 days. Failure to maintain the device can be seen as a violation of the ignition interlock program.