Florida Ignition Interlock Laws

Florida Ignition Interlock requirements were enacted by the legislature in response to the nationwide problem of increased DWI offenses on highways. More than 58,000 arrests were made for DWI in 2008 and a staggering 31,400 individuals died due to drinking and driving accidents, putting Florida at the top of the list of drunk driving fatalities in the nation (only California and Texas had worse rates).

Florida’s DUI Laws are stringent and the punishments for violating them are harsh. One of the ways that the legislature has hoped to discourage repeat offenders and insure that Florida’s highways remain safe from impaired drivers is the institution of mandatory Ignition Interlock device installations for repeat offenders (and some first time offenders).

Use of ignition interlock device is mandatory for at least 1 year upon a second DUI conviction if driver qualifies for a permanent or restricted license and for at least 2 years for any third conviction and for other extenuating circumstances.. If a first-time DUI offender was accompanied in the vehicle by a person younger than 18 years of age, the person shall have the ignition interlock device installed for 6 months for the first offense and for at least 2 years for a second offense. A third offense would result in the installation of an IID for at least 2 years time.

A DWI defendant who is placed on probation and who is otherwise permitted to operate a motor vehicle shall be required to operate vehicles equipped with ignition interlock devices for not less than 6 months by the DMV. In addition, the department of motor vehicles may require any person seeking reinstatement of their driving privileges to use an ignition interlock device on their main vehicle for the purpose of driving to and from work.

The ignition interlock program affects those arrested and convicted of DUI after July 1, 2002, upon eligibility of reinstatement for a permanent or restricted driver license. The ignition interlock device is also required when a driver convicted of DUI applies for a restricted license for work or business purposes (s. 322.271, F.S.).

Research shows that ignition interlocks reduce recidivism among both first-time and repeat DWI offenders, with reductions in subsequent DWI arrests ranging from 50 to 90 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.

Smart Start of Florida offer professional, state of the art, affordable Ignition Interlock Services throughout the state. By using the most cutting edge fuel cell technologies we are able to insure that the actions of drinking and driving will always remain separated. As Florida tries to get a handle on its drunk driving problem, Smart Start is here to help. For more information on how are Florida technicians can help you adhere to court or department of motor vehicle ordered regulations contact us today. We deal with DUI cases on a daily basis and know all of the ins and outs of the Florida DUI Court process and navigating the process of getting your driving privileges reinstated. You can also fill out our online consultation form, we’re here to help! 800-880-3394.

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