How ignition interlock device laws work in Indiana

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2024 | Criminal Law

Understanding how ignition interlock device laws work in Indiana is helpful for drivers facing DUI charges. Ignition interlock devices are breath test devices installed in vehicles to prevent individuals from driving while intoxicated.

These devices play a key role in DUI penalties and license reinstatement requirements.

Mandatory installation for certain offenses

Those convicted of certain DUI offenses may have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. These offenses typically involve repeat DUI offenses or cases where the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is especially high. The installation of an IID is part of the penalty for these offenses, aimed at preventing repeat instances of drunk driving.

IID functionality

IIDs function by requiring the driver to blow into a breath test device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the car will not start. The IID may also prompt the driver to submit breath samples at random intervals while driving to ensure continued sobriety.

IID duration requirements

The duration of IID requirements varies depending on the circumstances of the DUI offense. Generally, people have to use the IID for a specified period, such as several months to several years, as determined by the court or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Failure to comply with IID requirements can result in further penalties. It can also lead to license suspension.

Ignition interlock device laws in Indiana serve as a deterrent against drunk driving and aim to protect public safety on the roads. Compliance with these laws fulfills legal obligations. It also promotes responsible driving habits and contributes to safer roads for all.