Alabama Ignition Interlock Device
Officially as of September 1, 2012, Alabama became the 50th state to impose the ignition interlock device as a penalty for anyone who is convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. To put it simply, an ignition interlock device prevents a DUI offender from driving drunk. Once the device is installed in a vehicle, it will prevent the vehicle from starting if an alcohol percentage of .02% or higher is registered when a person blows into the tube. The device also requires a rolling start, which means that every few minutes, a driver will need to blow into the tube again. If the device detects alcohol on a person's breath, it will issue an alarm system that will go off until the vehicle is turned off.
What You Should Know About The Ignition Interlock Device
Although it is considered a win-win for the state and the DUI offender, an ignition interlock device is also a financial inconvenience for drivers. The cost is about two to three dollars per day to lease the device and it also requires servicing every 30 days. The cost of the installation, maintenance and servicing will depend on the provider and it is up to the DUI offender to pay for these fees.
The device is also monitored and information will be sent to the courts if a driver is found to have attempted to tamper with the system. Also, if the DUI offender blows into the machine with an alcohol percentage of .02% at least four times within one month, this will be sent to the courts and the ignition interlock device sentence will be extended to six months.
Avoiding A DUI Conviction
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in the state of Alabama, contact the DUI defense firm of Polson and Polson. An arrest does not have to equal a conviction and with an experienced DUI defense attorney, you may be able to avoid harsh penalties, including the ignition interlock device. Before you plead guilty, please contact Polson and Polson for a no-obligation consultation. They are available 24 hours a day by phone and their law office is centrally located in Alabama so they can easily service the entire state.