Rhode Island’s Ignition Interlock Device Laws

Rhode-Island-FlagIn the State of Rhode Island, driving while intoxicated (DWI) convictions may result in the court-ordered installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). Offenders are responsible for all costs associated with the device and an IID must be installed in all vehicles operated by the individual. The State certifies certain IID service providers and any court-ordered IID must be installed, maintained, and removed by one of those certified providers.

IID systems in Rhode Island utilize rolling re-tests, meaning the driver must submit breath samples while the vehicle is operating. Failure to pass a re-test will trigger the IID to sound the vehicle’s horn and flash its lights until either the re-test is passed with an acceptable breath sample or the vehicle is turned off. Certain conditions may also trigger a permanent lockout phase, during which the vehicle will not start without towing it to a service provider for servicing. An IID may not be used until all other DWI penalties have been observed and the length of its use depends upon blood alcohol content (BAC) levels.

A typical DWI conviction in Rhode Island results in the following penalties:

  • 1st offense: license suspension
  • 2nd offense: fine, jail, license suspension, IID
  • 3rd offense: felony charge, seizure of vehicle, fine, jail, license suspension, IID