What Do I Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices in Georgia?

When a person is convicted of a DUI in the state of Georgia, it is a very serious offense that is treated as such. It is because of this that the offender can face a variety of consequences such as jail time, overwhelming fines, attendance in a substance abuse treatment program, and a license suspension. After a driver’s license is reinstated, they may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed into their vehicle as well. When a person finds themselves in this situation, it is important to be educated on the device before using it. Continue reading below to learn more. 

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

The ignition interlock device was created in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road in Georgia. It is a machine that connects to a vehicle’s ignition system in order to determine a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) before they operate it. This is done by requiring the driver to blow into the device before they are able to start the car. If the device detects alcohol in the driver’s system, the vehicle will not turn on. In addition to this, it requires additional breaths during a driver’s trip. If the driver does not do so, the vehicle will make a record of it, issue a warning, and set off an alarm until the vehicle is pulled over and turned off. 

When Would the Device be Installed?

In the state of Georgia, the law prohibits a person from driving when they have a BAC of 0.08% or higher. If they do they can be charged with a DUI. In the event of a person’s second or subsequent offense, the court may order the installation and monitoring of an ignition interlock device after their license is restored. The amount of time that an offender may be required to have the device for can vary depending on the offense. If it is the driver’s second offense, they may be required to have the device for one year upon the restoration of their license. For a third offense, the device may be installed for six months. In the event of a fourth or subsequent offense, the interlock device can be required for a minimum of one year after their license is restored. 

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