The Ignition Interlock Device

A person who is granted a restricted license after a hearing before the Driver Appeal and Assessment Division (DAAD) or someone who obtains a super drunk conviction can only drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device installed. An ignition interlock system, referred to as Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) is a breath alcohol analyzer that connects with the ignition and other systems of a motor vehicle. The restricted driver is given training to use the BAIID. An ignition interlock tests for alcohol on a driver's breath. The device requires a vehicle operator to blow into a small handheld alcohol unit inside of the vehicle. The device will ask for random retests while driving. The BAIID measures the bodily alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver and prevents the motor vehicle from being started if the BAC exceeds the .025%. If you acquire startup test violations within a monitoring period, or rolling retest failure, or the device detects tampering, the device will require the instrument to be brought in immediately or will lock out the driver from further operation.

Ignition Interlock Violations: Use of Mouthwash or Cold Medicine With Alcohol

The State of Michigan will not be sympathetic if you used mouthwash or cold medication containing alcohol. In addition, you should not allow anyone else to drive your car installed with a BAIID because you run the risk that the person may consume alcohol which will be attributed as a violation against you.

In addition, the person who is required to have an interlock installed will be subject to prosecution for operating a vehicle without the device as law enforcement officers will be able to view the person's record on the police vehicle computer!

Our attorneys are prepared to represent you before the DAAD to get your license back or if you are charged with an ignition interlock violation after being granted a restricted license by the DAAD or after being convicted of Michigan's super drunk law.

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