There is a wide array of punishments given to those accused of driving under the influence. First time offenders may be sentenced to pay large fines and accept license restrictions. Those accused multiple times or arrested with large amounts of alcohol in their systems will be facing harsher punishments. Jail time, fines, and requirements for alcohol abuse courses are all at risk. A new form of DUI punishment is the order to install an ignition interlock device into the vehicle.
This device is installed in the primary vehicle of a DUI offender. The first step to using it is to blow into a device similar to a breathalyzer. The device immediately gets a reading on a blood alcohol content, or BAC, by analyzing the breath of the driver. If the BAC is considered to be acceptable, the device then allows the engine to be started.
These devices become more high-tech as time goes on. For instance, some interlock devices will now test drivers while on the road. Often times those who are required to have this device in their car have a higher chance of drinking while in a vehicle. Therefore, keeping track of the BAC during travel is important as any increase of BAC will be noticed. This is known as a “rolling test.”
Ignition devices may also keep track of information that can help law officers monitor the activities of the individual. These are like little computers that can store information on BAC history and may affect the way DUI punishments are carried out. Accepting installation of the device may sometimes be used as an alternative to more severe punishments, such as years of driver’s license suspension or jail time.
If you are looking for more information on ignition interlock devices as part of a DUI sentence, visit the website of the Arizona DUI defense attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C.