In New York, Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) are often required for any driver who commits illegal substance-related driving infractions. If you have any questions or concerns about DUI/DWI charges or whether you’ll need to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, read this blog and take a look at our Ultimate Guide to New York DWI Law.
Do I Have to Install an Ignition Interlock Device For a DUI?
New York statutes require all individuals convicted of a DUI to install and maintain an IID. An ignition interlock device (IID) is essentially a breathalyzer that measures your breath alcohol content (BAC). An individual must blow into the mouthpiece to provide a breath sample before operating a vehicle. If the individual’s BAC is over the legal limit the engine will not start. Under New York law, a BAC of 0.08% or more is considered driving while impaired. Although, you can receive a DUI for having a BAC of .05% if a police officer determines your ability to drive was impaired by alcohol. An officer can determine this by observing your actions while driving (i.e you were swerving or ran a red light). The purpose of an IID is to prevent drivers from operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Do I Have to Install an IID on All of the Vehicles I own?
If you operate multiple vehicles, you have to install and maintain an IID on each one. The only time there is an exception is if the car is owned by your employer. An employer must provide the court with written approval for a driver to use these vehicles without an IID.
Do I Have to Get an Ignition Interlock Device If I Don’t Own a Car?
If you do not own a vehicle, you can request an exemption form. If you don’t own a vehicle, but use someone else’s car regularly, you can obtain a letter of permission from the owner in order to fulfill your IID requirement.
Do I Have to Pay for the Installation and Maintenance Costs Myself?
In New York, you are responsible for installing and maintaining your IID. The cost of installing an IID depends on the service center. On average, an IID costs around $100-$200. To calibrate and service your IID it will cost another $100-$200 monthly. New York courts offer a fee waiver if you are unable to obtain the funds for an IID. If you financially qualify, you will not have to cover the cost. If you have been ordered to install an ignition interlock device for driving while under the influence (DUI), reach out to a dedicated Rockland County DUI Attorney.
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