Any person who is arrested for DUI in Florida after July 1, 2002 is eligible for mandatory ignition interlock device installation if they are convicted. An ignition interlock device is essentially a mechanism that acts like a breathalyzer. This device is wired to a vehicle's ignition and requires a breath sample from the driver before the engines will start. The engine will not start if the device detects alcohol levels of .05% or more on the breath, and the device will also requires periodic breath samples while the individual drives.
Ignition interlock devices use a fuel cell to analyze a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC), and this device must be installed by an authorized installer. Proof of the installation must also be provided to the court and data from the device will be collected through web-based reporting with 24/7 access. The DUI defendant will have to pay the costs of the interlock fee, installation, monthly monitoring and calibration, and a refundable deposit as well.
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The ignition interlock device will be a required penalty in the state of Florida for the following charges:
If you have been convicted of DUI and you have been required by the court to install an ignition interlock device, you can request an appointment to have the device installed at any time. Only those who have reinstated their driver's license will receive a cancellation letter, so you may have to take initiative without receiving the letter. Additionally, Florida law requires you to install an ignition interlock device in every vehicle that you own and routinely operate. This also includes vehicles that you do not own.
If you have installed an IID, keep in mind that you will have to give breath samples at random times when you are driving. You will not have to give these samples right away, but you will have up to three minutes to give a breath sample before the alarm sounds. This will allow you time to safely pull over. If you have used mouthwash before blowing into the device, your IID will likely register some level of alcohol.
If you decide to move out of state, you will still be required to have the ignition interlock device in your car until you have completed your entire sentence. Florida will not clear the restriction until all requirements are met.
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