What Is An Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

Written by Reynolds Defense Firm

On March 13, 2018

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What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a mechanism that is wired to your car’s ignition.  It requires a breath sample prior to starting the ignition.  If the IID detects alcohol on your breath, the engine will lock until a clean sample is provided. Additionally, the device may requires periodic breath samples while you’re driving.  This is to ensure that your breath doesn’t exceed a certain limit as alcohol processes through your body. Requirements for needing an IID vary.  As of January 1, 2012, however, it is mandatory for those who enter the Diversion program.  Oregon state law requires that you install an IID in any vehicle during the year in which you have driving privileges. Additionally, the IID must be installed by a state authorized installer.

 

Are there Any Exceptions For Installing An IID?

There are a couple of exceptions to installing an IID device in your vehicle, and we talk about this on our blog.  Please be advised, however, that installing an IID is usually mandatory for those who have been convicted by a DUII or those who are in Oregon’s Diversion Program.

 

How Reynolds Defense Firm Can Help You

Please feel free to call Reynolds Defense Firm!  We have a list of vendors, including an ignition interlock device company.  Of course that is in addition to attorneys, insurance agents, treatment providers, etc. that we’ve developed relationships with and trust to do a good job for you. We jokingly call it our “who I would send my mom to” list.  If you need anything related to a DUI arrest or conviction, we can help.  Or if you ever need an attorney in a different area of law, we have trusted referrals that can help.  Give us a call at 503.223.3422 or visit our website for additional information.  If you are a parent, you can also check out our blog article for advice on how to tell your child about your IID.

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