Drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID). This device measures your blood alcohol content (BAC) before you turn on your vehicle and while you drive.
You may be wondering how often you have to blow into your IID. The Simmrin Law Group can help you review the specific usage of IIDs in California. We’re also ready to answer your additional questions at (310) 997-4688.
You Blow into an IID Each Time You Start Your Vehicle
So how often do you have to blow into an ignition interlock device? An IID will require you to perform a BAC test every time you want to go for a drive. Your vehicle will not operate if the IID detects alcohol on your breath. Instead, your vehicle will be locked-out for a period of time, during which you will not be able to drive.
You will have the opportunity to re-test following this lock-out. A subsequent failure will lock your vehicle out once more. You must wait until the IID doesn’t detect alcohol to turn your vehicle on in the state of California.
Note that the IID does not just detect alcoholic beverages. You could be locked out if you attempt an IID test after:
- Using mouthwash
- Eating some foods, including vanilla
- Utilizing a breath spray
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You Blow into an IID While Driving Your Vehicle
How often does interlock go off while driving? In addition to taking a BAC test before starting your vehicle, you will have to perform tests while driving. These tests occur around every 45 minutes. You will be notified by your IID when the time to take a test approaches.
Note that all failures on these “rolling” tests will be reported by your device. Refusal to complete a test will also be noted on your IID record.
You will need to perform these tests for the entire period of time an IID is installed in your vehicle. The device will not test you less as time progresses. Therefore, you may need to complete these regular tests for around:
- Six months for your first DUI
- One year for your second DUI
- Two years for your third DUI
- Three years for subsequent DUIs
Other Regulations for IIDs in California
You are required to blow into your IID regularly in order to comply with regulations set forth by the state of California. There are several other regulations you must follow to maintain compliance with the IID program. You will need to regularly have your IID:
Failure to follow the maintenance schedule required by the company that installed your IID can result in a license suspension or revocation. Make sure that you take the presence of an IID in your vehicle seriously by adhering to all regulations. If you are accused of misusing your IID, you can get help by contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles at (310) 997-4688.
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Acts Leading to IID Noncompliance in California
Thus far in this article, we have discussed the proper handling of IIDs. You can also get in legal trouble if you treat your IID in certain ways. For example, your license may be revoked or suspended if you try to:
- Bypass your IID
- Remove your IID
- Tamper with your IID
Trying to get someone else to blow into your IID can be considered bypassing the IID. Driving a vehicle without an IID can also result in legal issues for you. In fact, driving without your IID can lead to criminal charges for driving on a suspended license in the court system.
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DUI Charges and Their Connection to IIDs
Drivers in California are frequently ordered to install an IID after a DUI conviction. Getting professional help after you are arrested for a DUI can reduce the odds that you will be convicted. Resolving DUI charges successfully can ensure you don’t have to install an IID.
The team at the Simmrin Law Group can assess your case following a DUI arrest. Allow us to focus on constructing a strong defense for you. We’re ready to protect your driving privileges in California, starting right now.
Get Legal Advice Regarding IID Usage in California
You have to blow into your IID every time you start your vehicle and frequently while you are driving. This requirement can quickly become frustrating for drivers. Make sure you take proactive steps to prevent a DUI conviction and IID installation by reaching out to the Simmrin Law Group. Call us at (310) 997-4688 or complete our online contact form to learn more about how we can help.
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