What Your Maryland Ignition Interlock Data Says About You

ignition interlockIf you have an ignition interlock device (IID) in Maryland, you already know that you have to report to your service provider every 30 days to make sure the device is working properly. You also know that during that appointment, the data collected by the ignition interlock device is transmitted to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MD MVA) as required by your court order. But, do you know what is in that data transfer?

When your ignition interlock service provider calibrates your IID, they send the following formation to the MD MVA:

  • Your identity, vehicle and program requirements.
  • If you tried to start your vehicle without using your IID.
  • How many times you started and stopped your vehicle.
  • How far you have driven between appointments.
  • If you refused to take any “rolling re-test.”
  • Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), if over the pre-defined limit in your IID.
  • Any evidence of tampering, circumvention or bypass of your IID.

If you are found to be violating any of the requirements of your IID installation, you could have your time extended, or, lose your ability to drive completely.

The information your ignition interlock gathers is a profile of your commitment to remaining sober behind the wheel. The data shows that you are not drinking and driving and that you’re not trying to get around the device, or your requirement to drive your own vehicle with the IID installed.  Keep in mind that in Maryland, you are required to start your vehicle 50 times within 30 days to prove you are sober and driving only your IID-equipped car.

Because getting past a DUI conviction is usually a top priority, your ignition interlock device and the data it holds is one of the most effective ways to prove you are ready to move forward into a life of safe, sober driving.

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