Using an Ignition Interlock Device in Indiana

Driving under the influence, or DUI, is a severe if common offense that Indiana law takes very seriously. It carries a number of penalties, including the revocation of the perpetrator’s license for a period of time. However, those in this situation do have options to get back behind the wheel.

If someone guilty of a DUI or other driving-related offense gets a hardship license, they may have to get an ignition interlock device (IID). An IID is a device that attaches to your car ignition, forcing you to pass a breathalyzer test before the car will start.

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

Those who have committed a misdemeanor or felony DUI offense will likely have their driver’s license revoked. If you can prove that you need to drive at this time, such as for work, you may be able to obtain a hardship license. This allows limited driving but also imposes restrictions, such as an ignition interlock device.

These work by attaching to your vehicle’s ignition switch. Before you can turn your key and start the ignition, you will have to take a breathalyzer test. If your breath registers over the legal blood alcohol limit, the car will not start.

While this may be embarrassing, it also returns your freedom to operate a vehicle. It also discourages offenders from repeat DUIs, which would carry significantly worse penalties.

How Long Will I Be Expected to Use an IID?

License suspensions last for varying amounts of time, based on several factors. The severity of the offense plays a major role, as well as if the perpetrator has prior instances on their record. A first-time DUI will be treated very differently from a second or third.

Under Indiana law, the installation of an IID can vary but must not be longer than the prison term you would have received. No matter the circumstances of your suspension, you can expect to use your IID for half a year. Considering the cost of these devices, this may be an expensive penalty.

Will I Be Expected to Pay for the Ignition Interlock Device?

If the ignition interlock device is mandated, you will have to pay for it yourself. There is a fee for both purchasing the device and installing it. The cost falls entirely upon the person using it, though the trade-off is that you will keep your ability to drive.

On top of the purchasing and installation, you will also have to pay monthly afterward. There is a licensing fee, as well as maintenance. You will also have to pay to have the IID removed when its time is up.

Obtaining and Installing Your IID

If you have had your license suspended over a DUI or other driving offense, you may be able to receive an IID. You will first need to request a hardship license and be able to prove that you need it. If you do not have a valid need to drive during your suspension, you may have to just wait it out.

If the court grants your hardship license and mandates an IID, you will likely have to schedule an appointment to purchase and have the device installed. Once this is done, you cannot have it removed until the court-appointed time is up. Keep all this in mind before you agree to this device and be sure that you are ready for this process.