Seattle Ignition Interlock Devices for DUI Cases

An ignition interlock device, also referred to as an IID, is a contraption installed on the ignition component of your vehicle after a DUI charge. The IID requires that a clean breath sample be blown into the device before it will allow the car to start. It can detect any amount of alcohol in the breath and will not start if it does in fact detect a blood alcohol content (BAC) over .02%. It also periodically requires a clean breath sample while the car is driving.

If the IID detects a BAC over .02% it will initiate a warning noise so that the driver may safely pull onto the side of the road at which point the car will shut down. Not only does the machine render the car immobile but it keeps a record of all breath samples collected. All activity is reviewed by the IID company and any results over .02% will be reported to the authorities. If such an event occurs the court will place additional limitations on the driver of the vehicle, such as additional fees and increased jail time.

The cost of an IID is substantial. Not only are there generally installation and activation fees that range from $50-$100, but there are also monthly fees around the same amount.

Anyone convicted of their first DUI within the state of Washington must have an ignition interlock device installed in their car for a period of one year. Anyone convicted of their second DUI within the state of Washington must have an ignition interlock device installed in their car for a period of five years. Anyone convicted of their third DUI within the state of Washington must have an ignition interlock device installed in their car for a period of ten years.

Seattle Ignition Interlock Device

Seattle Ignition Interlock Device for DUI Cases