Ignition Interlock Devices
Ignition interlock devices are designed to prevent people from operating their vehicles while intoxicated. In Rhode Island, people with multiple DWI convictions are often ordered to install these devices in their vehicles. If they do not, they will not be able to get their driver’s licenses reinstated.
If you have been accused of driving while intoxicated, you need a committed attorney who can help you protect your rights. To discuss your case with a knowledgeable Rhode Island DWI defense attorney, call the offices of Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384.
What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device is very similar to a Breathalyzer test. It is installed in a vehicle’s dashboard. In order to start the car, the driver must breathe into the device so that it can estimate his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) based on the amount of alcohol in his or her breath. If the driver’s BAC is above a certain level (usually .02 or .04), the vehicle’s engine will not start.
In addition, an ignition interlock device will generally require another breath sample at random intervals of time. This is intended to make it more difficult for drivers to “cheat” the test by having another person breathe into the device. If the driver’s breath exceeds the accepted BAC at the time of this second test, the device will set off a loud alarm until the vehicle’s engine is turned off.
Having an ignition interlock device in your car can be a serious inconvenience. Anyone who has been charged with drunk driving needs the assistance of an experienced Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer to protect his or her rights.
Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin has successfully defended many people accused of drunk driving. To discuss how he may be able to help you, contact our offices today at 401-287-4384.