Ignition interlock device technology and guidelines provides assurance to the public that anyone with an IID installed in his or her vehicle is sober when driving. In the state of Florida, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there are several specific requirements for Florida ignition interlock devices:
- Fuel cell technology that must prevent a vehicle from starting if the interlock device records a breath sample of 0.025 or higher.
- Rolling retests capability can be completed while the vehicle is in operation.
- Data collection through web-based reporting with 24/7 access.
- The DUI offender is responsible for all costs related to the ignition interlock device.
- The ignition interlock devices must be able to record and store visual evidence of use through an attached camera.
The camera for the IID attaches safely and securely to your windshield near your rear view mirror. These cameras take a picture each time you are required to submit a breath sample, ensuring that another person does not start your car for you. These cameras also take pictures during the rolling retests, acting as another measure against having someone else start your car.
The length of time you need to keep an ignition interlock device on your car depends on the severity of your DUI. For first time offenders with a BAC of 0.15 or higher or DUI offenders who had a minor in their car, the ignition interlock device must be installed for six months. Second time offenders must keep the ignition interlock device installed for between one to two years. Third time offenders must keep the device installed for two years.
Florida requirements for ignition interlock devices are keeping the streets safe from repeat drunk drivers. By using your IID as instructed, the time will pass easily, without any fear of further consequences related to your DUI.