Arizona Drivers Complain About Ignition Interlock Devices
Arizona is one of only a handful of states that require an Ignition interlock devices to be installed after a single DUI conviction. These IIDs are designed to prevent repeat drunk driving by requiring an alcohol free operator to be at the wheel, but they are not without problems, difficulties, and controversy.
A special story from Meredith Yeomans on AZFamily.com reveals several common complaints among those people whose cars are outfitted with the devices.
Apparently when the machines are serviced, once a month, the information from the computers are taking too long to become available. A computer within the Ignition Interlock Device records violations or suspected violations which are downloaded and then sent to the Motor Vehicle Division.
The machines are known for false positives and aren’t 100% reliable, however, so drivers have a short 15 day period to challenge the violations. This report quotes a former employee of the Texas company Smart Start as saying this delay is eating away at a driver’s right to challenge the false violations.
However, despite driver complaints, Smart Start states that when it is discovered that there is such a problem, they work to correct it. They claim that a recent change to their software caused some delays that are no longer a problem.
This story just goes to show what an inconvenience Ignition Interlock Devices can be. These devices are installed in all DUI convictions, typically after a period of license suspension. For a first time DUI, the period in which you will have an Ignition Interlock Device is 1 year.
While the device is in your vehicle, you are responsible for maintenance costs and violations. It is estimated that a one year installation of the gadget costs about $1000 when all is said and done.
This is only one of the several negative restrictions placed on people when they are convicted of DUI. When you are facing charges of this magnitude, having the right defense attorney is crucial.
Contact our attorneys today to discuss the details of your case and the best way to handle it.