Maine Ignition Interlock Laws

Despite its small size, Maine is not innocuous to the problems of Inebriated Drivers on state highways. In 2008, Maine law enforcement agencies arrested over 8,000 people on DWI or OUI (Operating Under The Influence) charges. In an effort to curtail these numbers, Maine legislature have enacted strict license revocation measures for OUI or OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) offenders. By placing conditions on the reinstatement of licenses, the legislature is able to control the manner in which former DUI offenders operate motor vehicles under.

As a condition of license reinstatement Maine’s Secretary of State may require a person to install an ignition interlock device in the motor vehicle the person operates for a period of up to 2 years. There are additional restrictions for multiple OUI offenses, which include:

The license of a person with 2 OUI offenses may be reinstated after 9 months of the suspension period has run if the person agrees to have installed an ignition interlock device in their motor vehicle for a period of 2 years.

The license of a person with 3 OUI offenses may be reinstated after 3 years of the suspension period has run if the person agrees to install an ignition interlock device in their motor vehicle for a period of 3 years.

The license of a person with 4 or more OUI offenses may be reinstated after the expiration of the period of suspension if the person has installed for a period of 4 years an ignition interlock device approved by the Secretary of State in the motor vehicle the person operates.

By requiring Ignition Interlock Device installation for multiple OUI offenders, the Maine legislature is hoping to make a dent in one of the most dangerous trends in DWI offenders, recidivism. Many drivers involved in fatal alcohol-impaired-driving crashes have been arrested previously for driving while intoxicated (DWI). 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 (NHTSA, 2008a).

While IIDs keep innocent drivers on Maine highways safe, they also are a valued asset for OUI offenders trying to get their lives back on track. With an ignition interlock installed, OWI offenders can maintain employment, attend school, get treatment, and take care of family obligations—yet are prevented from driving if alcohol has been used. Offenders and their families benefit because they are not faced with the same transportation, financial, and legal consequences as offenders who do not have the option of installing ignition interlocks.

Smart Start of Maine is an approved vendor of Ignition Interlock Devices in the state. Whether you are enrolled in the first time offender program, or are a repeat DUI offender, our offices can help you adhere to the court and DMV rulings, helping to get you safely and securely back on the road. For more information on the locations of the IID technicians at Smart Start of Maine can help you separate drinking from driving, fill out our online appointment form or call us at 800-880-3394.

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