As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, let me address first what an Ignition Interlock Device is. A Georgia ignition interlock device is a device installed in your vehicle to prevent you from drinking and driving. It consists of a mouthpiece and a cord that attaches to your car's ignition system. You have to blow into the device before you are able to start your car in order to test your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
If the test shows that you have been drinking, the car will not turn on. The device can also check whether a person has been drinking while driving. During a trip, an ignition interlock device can actually require the driver to pull over and provide another sample. Again, if the driver tests positive for the presence of alcohol, it will turn off the vehicle.
There are two circumstances in which someone has the option of ignition interlock device installation:
(1) When a person chooses to install an ignition interlock device instead of filing a 30-day letter that requests a Georgia ALS Hearing.
If choosing this option, he or she must keep the interlock device on their car for the entire 12-months. However, the driver will not have to be concerned that they will completely lose their driving privilege.
In essence, society gets a safer driver on the roadways, and the accused DUI driver retains his ability to drive and provide for his family.
(2) When a person is convicted of a second Georgia DUI or more within a five year period.
After serving at least four months of a “hard” license suspension, without a permit, a driver convicted of a second DUI must install an ignition interlock device on their car for the next 12-months. After installing the device, the convicted DUI driver can resume a somewhat normal life.
Ignition Interlock Device Costs
There are costs that coincide with getting an ignition interlock device installed. The costs include:
- $100-$200 for installation
- $60-$80 monthly fee
- + device maintenance fees
- $250 for removal
If you or a loved one is facing a first DUI in Georgia, the decision about whether to install an ignition interlock device or go to an Administrative License Hearing is difficult. It is also not a decision I recommend ever making on your own. It is in your best interest to consult a Georgia DUI Attorney.
Facing Georgia DUI Penalties on your own can be extremely overwhelming, which is why we are here to explain what your options are. Contact us today.