A DUI conviction in California can have legal, personal and financial consequences that impact a person’s daily life. Just one example is the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). Due to mounting pressure by both the federal government and groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), California is currently exploring the effectiveness of requiring the installation of IIDs in the vehicles of those convicted of DUI offenses in certain counties – including Los Angeles county.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

An IID is a small device that is connected to the ignition of an automobile. The device requires the driver to provide a breath sample before the engine will start. If alcohol is detected, the device prevents the car from starting. The driver is also required to periodically provide breath samples while the car is moving to ensure that he is not impaired.

Under the current pilot program, which lasts until January 1, 2016, those convicted of a DUI in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties must install IIDs in their vehicles for the following periods:

  • First offense: five months
  • Second offense: 12 months
  • Third offense: 24 months
  • Fourth offense or more: 36 months

After the pilot program ends, the California Department of Motor Vehicles must provide a report on its effectiveness. Given that other states, such as New York, have seen success with these sorts of programs, it is possible that the mandatory IID program will become permanent in California.

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If you or someone you love is facing DUI charges, contact an experienced DUI attorney. A knowledgeable DUI lawyer can assess your case and help you protect your rights. For more information about what a DUI attorney can do for you, contact us today.