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When is an ignition interlock device required after a DUI?

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | DUI |

After a DUI conviction in Mississippi, people may face various penalties, including the requirement to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Certain factors determine whether an IID is necessary after a DUI offense.

Understanding the circumstances under which an IID is necessary helps people navigate the legal process more effectively.

Multiple DUIs

A common scenario in which an IID is necessary is when someone has multiple DUI convictions on his or her record. The law imposes stricter penalties for repeat DUI offenders, including mandatory installation of an IID. This measure aims to prevent repeat offenses. It also seeks to enhance road safety by ensuring that drivers cannot operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

High blood alcohol content

Another situation that may result in the requirement of an IID is when a driver’s blood alcohol content level is high above the legal limit. In such cases, drivers may face harsher penalties, including mandatory IID installation. This requirement aims to deter individuals from driving while intoxicated. It also aims to reduce the risk of accidents caused by impaired driving.

Accidents causing injury or death

In cases where a DUI-related accident results in injury or death, courts may order the installation of an IID as part of the offender’s sentence. This seeks to hold people accountable for their actions and prevent future impaired driving incidents. By requiring an IID, the court aims to protect public safety and prevent further harm on the roads.

Once a driver has an IID on his or her vehicle, that driver must comply with all IID terms and requirements or risk facing additional legal trouble.