Texas Ignition Interlock Laws

Texas is one of the larger states in the country, so it stands to reason that the problem of drunk driving would be prevalent on Texas highways. In 2008, more than 88,000 people were arrested in Texas for DUIs, a frightening number. In an effort to curb the spread of drunk driving and keep Texas commuters safe, the Texas legislature has enacted sterner, wide-reaching DUI laws.

Like most states, Texas determines the severity of its DUI penalties based on whether it is the first DUI charge the individual has experienced or not. 1st time DUI offenders in Texas can expect to pay heavy fines ($2000) and spend 72 hours in jail (mandatory). They will also have their license suspended for no less than 90 days and up to 1 years time depending on the circumstances of the arrest.

For second or subsequence offenses or a BAC of more than .15 the court must order the DUI offender to install ignition interlock devices on all of the motor vehicles he owns for 1 year following the end of the license suspension. 2nd time offenders also have to pay $4000 in fines and can spend anywhere from 30 days to a year in jail. Third time offenders are charged as felons in Texas. They will be forced to pay $10,000 in fines and will spend no less than 2 years and up to 10 years in the penitentiary.

Ignition Interlock Devices help reduce DUIs by separating the acts of drinking and driving. The devices are small breath alcohol detectors (about the size of a cell phone) that are attached to the cars ignition. A driver must blow a clean breath sample in order to start the car. IIDs are exceedingly effective in limiting recidivism among DUI offenders. 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). IIDs put a stop to these individuals getting behind the wheel, which results in fewer fatalities on Texas highways.

Smart Start of Texas 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 Texas tries to get a handle on its drunk driving problem, Smart Start is here to help. For more information on how are Texas 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 Texas 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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