What is Ignition Interlock?
The ignition interlock program in Maryland is made to deter motorists from
operating a vehicle while they are impaired or under the influence of
alcohol. An ignition interlock is a device which connects to an automobile’s
The device is designed to measure a driver’s BAC from their breath,
similar to a breathalyzer. If the device detects alcohol in a driver’s
breath, the machine prevents the vehicle from starting or continuing to
operate. These tests ensure that the motorist has not consumed alcohol
when the vehicle starts and while the driver is operating it.
People may be required to participate in the ignition interlock program
if they are directed by a district or circuit court judge, as well as
an administrative law judge or the Medical Advisory Board of the Motor
Vehicle Administration. In addition, motorists might be required to participate
in the program due to a license suspension or revocation.
How is an Ignition Interlock Installed?
These devices are installed and maintained by private manufacturers and
service providers, such as Draeger Interlock, Smart Start, Guardian Interlock,
National Interlock, and Alcohol Detection Systems (ADS). Most providers’
installation costs can range from $150 to $200.
Furthermore, the device needs to be calibrated, and the data logs must
be downloaded every 30 days. The providers charge a fee which ranges from
$60 and $100 every 30-day checkup.
Benefits of a Lawyer
If you were arrested and charged with a
DWI, having a criminal defense attorney on your side can help you determine
whether or not it makes sense to install the ignition interlock device
or challenge the license suspension.
If a defendant wins the challenge, then there is no suspension and no requirement
for interlock. However, if the defendant loses the challenge, the individual
can still ask for an ignition interlock device to avoid not being able
to use your car to drive to work or conduct daily activities.
Contact William R. Hall, P.A. for more information or to discuss your legal options today.