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How are ignition interlock devices enforced?

In a recent post on this blog, an overview of Connecticut’s ignition interlock device program was provided. If you are facing drunk driving charges or have already been required to use an ignition interlock device, you may have all sorts of questions related to the program, such as how these devices and ignition interlock laws are enforced. In Stamford, and cities all around the state, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the law and avoid legal problems related to ignition interlock devices.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, ignition interlocks are enforced through each device’s internal memory, which is read every 30 days when devices are calibrated by the approved installer. Each reading produces a report which the DMV is able to analyze, containing data on any tampering with the device and driving activity.

If you do not have your vehicle calibrated, the device will prevent you from driving and you will need to have your vehicle towed to an approved installer. The device will also prevent you from driving for a few minutes if you fail a breath test. If you fail your device’s breath test again, the lockout period will be even longer. If you are required to use an ignition interlock device, you will be given a restricted license which only allows you to operate vehicles that have approved ignition interlock devices installed in them.

This post was compiled to provide information on the enforcement of ignition interlock devices and is not a substitute for legal advice.

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