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Understanding Virginia’s ignition interlock device laws

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2024 | Criminal Law

Understanding Virginia’s ignition interlock device laws is important for anyone convicted of driving under the influence in the state. Ignition interlock devices are breath test devices installed in vehicles to prevent motorists from driving after drinking.

The state has specific laws and regulations about the installation, maintenance and use of IIDs.

Mandatory installation requirements

In Virginia, those convicted of certain DUI offenses must install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles as a condition of reinstating their driver’s licenses. The installation of an IID is mandatory for all DUI convictions, including first-time offenses, with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or higher. It is also mandatory for any subsequent DUI offenses. Drivers may also have to use an IID for a period following license reinstatement.

Duration of IID requirement

The duration of the ignition interlock device requirement varies depending on the circumstances of the DUI. Subsequent DUI offenses may result in longer IID requirements, depending on the number and severity of prior convictions.

Compliance and consequences

Failure to follow ignition interlock device laws can result in additional penalties and consequences. Violating the terms of an IID order can lead to further legal trouble. It can also lead to potential license suspension or revocation. Drivers also have to adhere to strict maintenance and calibration requirements for their IIDs to ensure proper functionality and compliance with state regulations.

Ignition interlock device laws play a key role in DUI enforcement and prevention efforts in the state. Compliance with IID laws is necessary for those looking to regain their driving privileges and show a commitment to safe and responsible driving behaviors.