How Does the New Virginia Interlock Work?

Beginning July 1, all Virginians convicted of DUI will have to have ignition Interlocks installed in their vehicles. There are a lot of questions about how this Interlock device will work, and the Virginia DUI lawyers at Boone Beale are here to help. Here's what you need to know:

In order to start their car, the driver blows into the Interlock, which measures his or her breath alcohol content to determine if it is above or below a certain set point. If alcohol is detected at, or above the set point, the unit will not allow the vehicle to start.

After a driver starts a vehicle, the unit will require random rolling breath tests. The first rolling test will be within 10 to 20 minutes. If the first test is successful, the driver will then be subject to rolling retests every 20 to 60 minutes during the operation of the vehicle. If the driver fails a retest, or declines to submit to one when required, the unit will cause the vehicle's headlights to flash and the horn to honk intermittently until the vehicle is turned off or the driver successfully takes the retest. If the vehicle is turned off, the unit will require the driver to pass a test before the vehicle can be restarted.

At a predetermined time (usually every month) the participant must appear at one of the service centers throughout the state and a technician downloads the recorded data from the interlock into a central computer. The monitoring agency or agent determines the frequency of appearances to a service location. If any violations were committed in the previous month, a report is forwarded to the case manager or probation officer for review. The vehicle's odometer is checked for total mileage driven and all connections are checked for tampering.

If the participant does not appear as required, the interlock unit is set to "lock out" after a grace period of 5 days if the participant fails to appear for monitoring. If this happens, the vehicle will not start and the participant must tow the vehicle to a service center or a technician must be sent to the vehicle to download the unit and reset it. The participant is charged for this extra service. Additionally, the failure to appear for monitoring is reported to the case manager or probation officer.

The Interlock device is a huge hassle for any participant, and is meant to be a subsequent DUI deterrent. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DUI, call Virginia's DUI lawyers at Boone Beale.


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