In Maryland, is you are subjected to Administrative penalties by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, you may be required to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program (IIP).
An Ignition Interlock is a breath analyzer that connects to a motor vehicle’s ignition system. The device measures the driver’s alcohol concentration prior to starting the vehicle and while the vehicle is operated.
If the device detects alcohol in excess of the calibrated settings (greater than 0.025 Blood Alcohol Content “BAC”), the device will prevent the vehicle from starting or continuing to be operated.
If a driver has an Ignition Interlock device installed and subject to the MVA’s rules, there are various conditions that must be met to continue in the program. The following events will result in a violation and removal of the device.
A driver may not have more than 0.025 BAC while trying to start or retest their vehicle. If the driver has more than 0.025 BAC, then the vehicle will not start or will discontinue use.
No, you do not have to stop the vehicle while retesting. The driver can continue to drive the vehicle during the retest process.
To participate in the Ignition Interlock program, a driver must use an approved Ignition Interlock provider. The MVA has approved the following providers in Maryland:
If you have questions about participating in the ignition interlock program or you’re facing a DUI/DWI charge in Maryland, contact our office to schedule a free consultation. Participating in the ignition program may be the best choice for many individuals charged with DUI or DWI in Maryland. Attorney Randolph Rice has represent thousands of individuals charged with drunk driving in Maryland. Call the office today to schedule a free consultation.