North Dakota Ignition Interlock Laws

North Dakota drunk driving laws have been strengthened in recent years due to the nationwide issues of drunk driving on highways. Statistics indicate that one person dies every 40 minutes in a drunk driving accident and with North Dakota DWI arrests in 2008 totaling more than 4,000, it has become obvious that the existing DUI strategies are not sufficient.

In direct response to these issues, North Dakota legislature has added Ignition Interlock Device laws to the books. By allowing the courts to mandate IIDs to drunk driving offenders who wish to get their driving privileges back, North Dakota has been able to exert a level of control over one of the most dangerous factions of drunk drivers, repeat offenders.

Recidivism among drunk driving offenders is notoriously high. In fact, most individuals 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).

Ignition Interlock Laws in North Dakota indicate that the DWI court or driver licensing agency (department of motor vehicles) can order a defendant to install an IID on their car in order to get their right to drive back. License suspensions are part of the DUI penalty process in North Dakota:

License Suspension schedule

1st DWI offense: Your driver’s license will be suspended up to 180 days , you may receive a restricted license after 30 days of suspension.

2nd DWI offense: 1 year suspension of your driver’s license, no restricted license

3rd DWI offense: 3 year driver’s license suspension.

4th DWI offense: You will face a 3 year driver’s license suspension. Driver’s license reinstatement is dependant on completion of a full addiction treatment and have a clean record for at least 2 years.

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 their medical needs can be addressed.

The majority of individuals involved in fatal DUI accident have had previous run ins with the law involving driving under the influence. Many states and law enforcement agencies are taking this as a wake up call to implement the use of items like Ignition Interlock Devices earlier on in the DWI process, to help prevent repeat occurrences.

For more information on how Smart Start of North Dakota 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. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to serve you.

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