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Why do some drivers need to install an IID in their vehicles?

On Behalf of | Sep 23, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Most people can drive wherever they want at any time of day on the Georgia public roads. However, some drivers have certain restrictions on their driving privileges. Those with a limited permit for driving can still drive to work and other important locations, like doctors’ appointments for their children, but they cannot drive anywhere or drive in just any vehicle.

After a conviction for a driving under the influence (DUI) offense in Georgia, you will likely face the mandatory suspension of your license. You may be able to request a limited permit if losing your driving privileges would pose a significant hardship. However, one of the conditions of that permit will be the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.

How does an IID work?

An IID uses the same basic science as other portable chemical breath tests, but the installation of the device prevents someone from starting their vehicle if they fail the test. The device also records the test results.

Georgia’s ignition interlock program (IIP) has certain specific requirements. A driver participating in the IIP must take their vehicle to have an IID installed, and they will be responsible for paying the costs associated with that installation. The driver with the limited permit cannot drive any vehicles without an IID installed, and they can not try to trick or manipulate the system to bypass the testing requirement.

Every 30 days, the driver will have to bring in their vehicle and submit their IID for examination. They will also have to perform a chemical breath test every time they start their vehicle. The aim is to prevent repeat offenses and help build a habit of only driving when sober. 

Installing an IID can help you retain your freedom and your job

Losing your license is a massive complication for your daily life. You can’t just go to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk or make impromptu plans with friends. Although a limited permit does involve restrictions on where you drive, it will give you more options than the complete suspension of your license. You won’t have to worry about losing your job just because you can’t drive.

Learning more about how Georgia penalizes DUI charges can help you better defend yourself.