If you’re ordered to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your vehicle(s) after a second or subsequent DUI while on probation in Georgia, you can have limited driving privileges. IIDs, as most people know, are breathalyzer-type devices that people are required to blow into before the vehicle will start. “Rolling retests” are also required intermittently while you’re driving.
Typically, in these cases, the IID and driving restrictions last for a minimum of a year. With a restricted license and IID, a driver usually is allowed to drive only to locations they’re required to go, such as work, school, support group meetings and classes required by the court. They’re also allowed to take their vehicle in to have the IID checked or serviced.
If the offense you’re convicted of requires an IID to drive, you have a right to decline it. However, that means you won’t be able to drive anywhere legally for at least a year.
Understand the rules – and follow them
If you choose to get an IID, it’s crucial that you understand all of the regulations that go along with it and adhere to them. Violating them – or even attempting to – could leave you with no driving privileges and cause you more legal problems.
It’s imperative that you don’t try to “trick” the IID by having someone else blow into it. Many of these devices are now equipped with cameras and other identifying features. Remember that if you don’t think the IID will let you start the car. It’s also important to go to all of your scheduled monitoring appointments.
If you need to have an IID installed to regain some of your driving privileges, it’s crucial to understand how they work and what’s required of you and then adhere to the rules. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing serious consequences. Having legal guidance can help you successfully complete your time with your IID and get your full driving privileges back.