Ignition Interlock is required by NC Law for drivers convicted of DWI type offenses with a 0.15 or higher BAC or with a prior DWI type conviction to only ignition interlock equipped vehicles. In order to obtain driving privileges in the event of a DWI conviction, proof of installation may be required. Ignition Interlock is a small breath analyzer that allows your car to start only if there is no alcohol in your system.
Here are some statistics provided by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: “There are currently 1.2 million DWI’s issued each year in the US. There are also 270,000 active ignition interlock devices in the U.S. today. An ignition interlock provides a safety net to greatly reduce the possibility that such setbacks result in impaired driving, however these devices can be very costly to the user. “Most users of ignition interlock devices spend anywhere from $2.50-$3.00 per day.” These costs can certainly add up when the driver is required by the North Carolina DMV to have an interlock system installed on their car for a period of a year if not higher.
So how do these devices work? Most devices test for ethanol, which is found in beer, wine, and liquor. Ethanol can also found in substances such as hot sauces, sugarless gums, toothpaste, ripe fruit, and coffee and energy drinks. So it is very important that you make sure you go with a respectful provider to make sure you get an advanced an accurate device. Monitech has always been one of the top contenders in the NC area for ignition interlock devices.
What is very important to remember is that you must have the interlock device installed in order for the DMV to give you access to your driving privileges. When convicted of a DWI with a .15 BAC, you will have to wait 45 days before you can file for a Limited Driving Privilege. Matheson Law Office offers these services to its clients, but you can also do this yourself if you so choose. You will need to have an ignition interlock installed and obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with the recommended treatment in order for a Judge to sign off on the privilege. And lastly, you will not be able to get your ignition interlock device off of your vehicle until it has been installed for a year and you have lawfully been privileged to drive or you have waited the mandatory minimum number of months before you are eligible to receive your license.
For more information about Limited Driving Privileges, Ignition Interlock Systems, or any DWI related matters, please feel free to contact our law office at any time to speak with an attorney.