Requirement of an Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) in DUI/ DUI Related Cases
State of Washington laws (RCW 46.20.720) require the installation of an Ignition Interlock (“IID”) on an individual’s vehicle when convicted of DUI in Washington State. The amount of time the IID is required can be up to ten years; the amount of time a person is required to have an IID is based upon on a number of things, to include:
To determine how long one may need an IID on his/her vehicle after a Washington DUI conviction, it is recommended that you consult with the experienced Seattle DUI attorney. SQ Attorneys is well versed in, and intricately familiar with, the DUI laws of Washington State, and can make a huge difference in the outcome of any DUI related charge in Western Washington.
What is, and how does, the IID Work?
The IID is attached to a vehicle’s ignition and the driver must blow into the device to start the vehicle and, at times, to keep it running. The IID makes use of a fuel-cell sensor to detect alcohol content in an individual’s breath. It is designed to measure the blood alcohol level of a driver. If a breath sample registers over the acceptable level, the vehicle will not start, or if in motion it will turn off.
Potential Problems in Using Ignition Interlock Devices
Although designed to prevent drunk driving, and to protect the public at large, there are some potential consequences related to possessing an IID:
Costs associated with IID’s are just under $100 per month, currently.