Oregon Ignition Interlock Laws

With over 17,00 DWI arrests in 2008, it is safe to say that Oregon is not exempt from the problem of drunk driving. The state is often thought of as a rural one, with forests and natural wildlife stretching as far as the eye can see. What many people don’t realize about Oregon is that its larger cities are thriving metropolises. Areas like Portland have thousands of commuters on busy highways ever day.

Oregon legislative bodies and law enforcement officials have made it their mission to help protect Oregon’s highways from the dangers that inebriated drivers pose. In an effort to do so, they have enacted strict DWI laws and punishments. Oregon is one of the few states to mandate a 1-year suspension of driver’s licenses for first time DUI offenders. 2nd time DUI offenders will lose their license for 3 years and 3 time DUI offenders will lose their license forever.

Oregon has put laws in the books that allow judges to alter sentences through the use of Ignition Interlock Devices. Those statutes dictate that:

Persons convicted of DUIs must have an IID installed prior to being issued a hardship license.

After a license suspension period has ended, drivers must drive with an IID on their car for an additional 6 months

Courts may mandate the use of IID as part of a diversion agreement.

Oregon has instituted an Oregon DUII diversion program for first time DUI offenders. The program is a one-year commitment. Once the proper paperwork is filed with the court, complete a screening interview and treatment as an alternative to prosecution. You also would be required to pay a filing fee to the Court and attend a Victim Impact Panel program and pay all costs. You could not drive a motor vehicle while using or while under the influence of intoxicants. You also would have to keep the Court advised of your address at all times during the diversion period and sign releases of information so the Court and district attorney can obtain copies of your evaluation and treatment reports. The Court does not suspend a diversion participant’s driving privileges.

When Oregon DWI offender installs an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle, they are able to retain their legal driving status as a provisional driver. This enables them to maintain employment, attend school, complete substance abuse treatment and take care of their responsibilities while adhering to the requirements of the Oregon DUI courts. This is particularly important in rural areas where offend­ers may not have access to public transportation alternatives.

Smart Start of Oregon is an approved renter and installer of Ignition Interlock Devices in the sate. Whether you are in Portland, Salem or Clackamas we have installation centers near you ready to help you navigate the many requirements of DWI courts and Motor Vehicle Departments. Call us today at 800-880-3394 or fill out our online appointment form to discuss your requirements and things like costs and logistics and we can help get you on the road in no time! Smart Start of Oregon is here to help you get your life back on track, call us today!

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