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Ignition Interlock Device for Your Vehicle

Posted Monday, December 11, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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An Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) is an instrument that you must blow into before you can start the vehicle. An IID is installed directly into your vehicle and prevents your vehicle from starting unless you blow into it and your blood alcohol content (BAC) is under .025.

Washington ignition interlock laws require that any driver convicted of DUI must install an Ignition Interlock Device. In Washington State you will be required to install an IID if you have had:

• A conviction for an alcohol or drug related DUI or Physical Control of a motor vehicle.

• Certain convictions for reckless driving.

• Certain convictions of negligent driving.

• Any court ordered IID requirement.

If you are required to install an IID, you must first apply for an Ignition Interlock Driver’s License (RCW 46.20.385). An Ignition Interlock Driver’s License does not fully reinstate your driver’s license, but if granted allows you to drive during your license suspension under certain conditions of your Ignition Interlock Driver’s License.

Overview of Ignition Interlock Device Rules

• If you are granted an Ignition Interlock Driver’s License, then an interlock must be installed on all the vehicles you drive. You are not permitted to drive a vehicle that does not have an IID installed.

• An ignition interlock prevents your vehicle from starting if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .025. (WAC 204-50-110).

• The device also requires periodic tests while you are driving. If you fail, the information is recorded, and your lights and/or horn will signal you to pull over.

• Your IID must be a certified device and installed by an installer who is certified by the Washington State Patrol. You can review a list of certified devices and installers on the Washington State Patrol website here. The installer will submit proof of installation to the Washington State Department of Licensing.

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The penalties and punishments for a DUI conviction in Washington State are steep. If you’re facing DUI charges or have questions about the penalties you may be facing, please contact us here or call (425)883-3366 for a free consultation.

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