Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ignition Interlock Devices

Seattle DUI Attorney, Nate Webb, explains Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition Interlock Device - those sound like a pretty bad group of words and most of us want to avoid the restriction when possible.  IIDs, as we refer to them, are commonplace in the area of Washington DUI Defense and are typically imposed by judges at arraignment as a condition of release.  Basically it is a "blow and go" device which requires a breath sample to start your vehicle and periodically (yes while driving) require a sample during operation of the motor vehicle (is this a liability? I think so - apparently the legislature doesn't think it is safe for persons to talk on a cellphone while driving but require persons to submit to a sample of their breath while driving, yes this is true!).  All of these devices now require a camera to ensure the person required to submit a sample is not having someone else do the sampling.

These IIDs are required for drivers convicted of a DUI or Physical Control (1 year on a first offense and up as convictions increase). Also, if an individual wishes to drive during any period of suspension based upon a DUI arrest, they must install a functioning IID on any vehicle they drive.

This Restricted Driver's License requires both the IID and SR-22 Insurance. In addition to mandatory impositions of IIDs upon DUI convictions, if you are charged with a subsequent DUI and/or Physical Control offense and it is reduced/amended to Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving in the First Degree, you will be required to operate a motor vehicle only with a functioning ignition interlock device for an additional 6 months.  A person convicted of DUI or Physical Control must also have an IID for an additional 6 months if they had a passenger under the age of 16 with them.

See the following statutes and codes for further information regarding IIDs.

RCW 46.04.215 Ignition interlock device.
RCW 46.20.720 Drivers convicted of alcohol offenses.
RCW 46.20.740 Notation on driving record — Verification of interlock — Penalty.
RCW 46.20.745 Ignition interlock device revolving account program — Pilot program.
RCW 46.20.750 Circumventing ignition interlock — Penalty.
RCW 46.20.385 Ignition interlock driver's license — Application — Eligibility — Cancellation — Costs — Rules.
RCW 43.43.395 Ignition interlock devices — Standards — Compliance.
WAC 204-50-110 Mandatory requirements for an ignition interlock device.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding an Ignition Interlock Device, please call Nate Webb at (425) 398-4323.

About the author:
Nathan Webb, is a seasoned Seattle DUI Lawyer.  His practice emphasizes DUI defense.  He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Seattle's Best Attorneys! He was recognized as a Top Seattle DUI Attorneys by Seattle Met Magazine, Repeatedly named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of DUI Defense by Washington Law and Politics Magazine, and Rated Superb for DUI Defense (perfect 10.0 out of 10.0) by