Idaho Ignition Interlock Laws

The state of Idaho has enacted legislation regarding DWI offenses that require 2nd time offenders to have Ignition Interlock Devices installed on their automobiles. Undoubtedly these new statutes are a response to the nationwide issue of impaired driving accidents. Close to 100 people lost their lives in alcohol related auto accidents in 2008, and law enforcement officials arrested over 11,000 individuals on DWI charges the same year.

By implementing IID requirements for 2nd time DUI offenders, the state hopes to limit the amount of recidivism that is common among those convicted of DUIs. In 2007, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol. 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

Idaho’s Ignition Interlock requirements are at the discretion of Idaho DWI courts. For any person under 21, a second and subsequent DWI offense requires ignition interlock following the mandatory license suspension period. Individuals who have a BAC over .20 at the time of arrest are also required to mandatory Ignition Interlock Installation following the mandatory license suspension period. Any person who has been found guilty of DUI within the prior ten years and has a second offense will require the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.

It is important to note that individuals who have more than 2 DUI convictions on their records may not be eligible to have a restricted license. It is at the discretion of the courts to decide if these drivers pose too great a threat to allow to operate a motor vehicle at all. License suspensions for 3rd time DUI convictions can last as long as 5 years. IID installation will only be available following the court ordered suspension.

By successfully separating drinking from driving, Smart Start has shown through widespread use in other states that the use of IIDs can help reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on our roads. It also prevents habitual DUI offenders from being able to drink and drive and by catching those who try, the authorities are able to place repeat offenders in substance abuse programs where there medical needs can be addressed.

For more information on how Smart Start of Idaho can help you, or for more information on voluntary IIDs in the state, visit one of our IID locations, make an online appointment to visit one of our centers, or contact us today at 800-880-3394. Smart Start relies on the latest technology to help separate the acts of drinking and driving, helping to protect those that take to Idaho highways. Our technicians deal exclusively with court and motor vehicle ordered Ignition Interlock Device requirements, so we can answer any and all questions you may have about your requirements. For more information call today, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to serve you.

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