Arizona DUI and Interlock Devices

Learn more about AZ DUI Laws & Ignition Interlock Devices!

In some cases, a DUI in Arizona may come with more than the consequence of fines and jail time. A DUI can also mean an ignition interlock device (commonly called IID) that you must use in your vehicle. In certain cases following a suspended or revoked driver’s license, the device is mandatory. The device must be installed by the MVD (Motor Vehicle Division) authorized company. The IID is affixed to the ignition of a vehicle and is capable of testing the driver’s blood alcohol level prior to starting the vehicle. The IID works in a fashion similar to that of a breathalyzer. The driver must blow into the machine (and continue to do so to keep the car in motion). If the IID senses alcohol in the driver’s system, the car will either not start, or shut down if it is already running/in motion.

Not always will a DUI result in the required installation of an ignition interlock device. If your driving privilege is restricted after a DUI conviction, Arizona law requires you to install an ignition interlock. The Arizona law gives those who have the IID the ability to still operate a vehicle (as opposed to not being able to drive for an extended period of time). Arizona issues a special ignition interlock restricted driver’s license for a driver required to use the device. You must pay the costs and maintenance of the device and provide proof of inspection at least ice every 90 days that the device is operating accurately. Any tampering of the device is reported when information is recorded by the certified ignition interlock. Tampering could result in an
extended period of time using the device.

The ignition interlock gets installed into the dashboard of your vehicle. Before your vehicle will start, you must breath into the device, and it will detect and analyze whether or not you have any alcohol in your system. The engine will not start if there is alcohol on your breath.

This law enforcing the use of ignition interlock devices applies to all vehicles. By definition, a vehicle is “a device in, on, or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn on a public highway…”. So drivers of motorcycles and motor scooters would be affected by these DUI laws.

If you are caught driving under the influence on a motorcycle, you may lose both your vehicle driver’s license and your motorcycle license. Arizona law uses “license” meaning ANY license or temporary permit that has been issued in Arizona, or any other state. The ignition interlock would be installed on any and every vehicle that you operate, including a motorcycle.

Arizona has strict enforcement and regularly performs unannounced checks of the IDDs, especially in cases where warranted. Arizona is one of the safest states in regards to enforcement of alcohol impaired driving. Contact our Arizona DUI Lawyer today!

Published By:
My AZ Lawyers – Rob Curigliano

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