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Realities of using an ignition interlock device

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2018 | DUI Defense

People in Florida who are charged with a driving under the influence offense need to gather information about their defense options but also about the potential penalties they may experience if they are ultimately convicted of the charge. As explained by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, one of these penalties may be the required installation and use of an ignition interlock device.

If a driver must use an IID, they must work only with one of the manufacturers and provides authorized by the state. These companies will not only provide the device itself but will also provide reporting to the court on all tests taken. Some of these reports may be provided electronically. The costs for the installation and all maintainence of the devices as well as any rental fees are generally to be paid for by the driver.

Once installed, drivers may have to make adjustments to their daily routines. For example, people who might like to enjoy their coffee and a pastry while driving to work in the morning should plan to have their breakfast before they leave home or after they get to work. This is because of how some things may interfere with accurate readings on the device. As explained by Intoxalock, one of the approved IID providers, some food and beverages may contribute to innacurate readings and therefore people are encouraged to avoid eating or drinking anything but water for at least 15 minutes before driving.

It is also important to know that breath samples are not only required before starting a vehicle but also while operating it. There will be tests required at random times, making it virtually impossible to eat or drink anything while driving.