West Virginia Ignition Interlock Law
West Virginia DUI Laws are designed to protect West Virginian citizens on their highways. Drunk driving in the state, as it is in all states, is a serious issue. In 2008, West Virginia arrested more than 6,000 people for DUI offenses. The challenge for West Virginia legislatures and law enforcement agencies is to enforce stricter laws and DUI penalties while trying to offer a solution to the problem as opposed to just criminalizing it.
West Virginia Driving Under the Influence laws, as they stand now, are based solely on whether or not you have been arrested for a DUI in the past or not. This type of offense-based model is common in the United States. First time DUI offenders, for instance, pay a fine between $100 and $500 and will have their license suspended for 6 months. In order to get their license back, they will have to complete a safety and treatment program.
Ignition Interlock requirements really don’t come into play until an individual gets their 2nd DUI offense. The 2nd DUI offense will result in a driver’s license revocation that can last up to 10 years or just 1 year followed by a mandatory ignition interlock installation. 3rd time DWI offenses can result in a lifetime revocation of a West Virginia driver’s license, or a 1-year revocation followed by a lifetime agreement to use an ignition interlock device.
The statute specifically states that:
“1st DWI offense: The ignition interlock must be used for 5 months. First refusal: The ignition interlock must be used for 9 months.
2nd DWI offense: The ignition interlock must be used for 18 months.
Subsequent DWI offense and second or subsequent refusal: The ignition interlock must be used for 2 years.
Interlock Ignition Devices Save Lives…
Smart Start of West Virginia’s Ignition Interlock devices prevent impaired drivers from starting and operating motor vehicles. The separation of an unsafe driver from a vehicle that has the potential to be a deadly weapon may prevent untold tragedy. Ignition Interlock devices have documented success in limiting alcohol impaired driving, especially among those drivers who have been arrested for DUI in the past. Individuals involved in fatal dui accidents more often that not have prior DUI arrests on their records. Research shows that ignition interlocks are associated with substantial reductions in recidivism, ranging from 50 percent to 90 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.
Contact Smart Start To Get Started!
For more information on Ignition Interlock Devices in West Virginia, contact us online at Smart Start today. Our installation technicians deal exclusively with Ignition Interlock Devices in your area and we have experience with the proper installation, monitoring, and removal of Ignition Interlock Devices. Whether you are installing an IID in response to a West Virginia court order, a DMV requirement, or some other reason, Smart start of West Virginia can help! Call us today at 800-880-3394 or call one of our West Virginia IID location centers for more help.