Posted in DUI DWI on January 16, 2012If you are stopped and suspected of driving a vehicle in Maryland with alcohol in your system and you either fail the tests administered or you refuse the tests, then you may be required to participate in the ignition interlock program to continue driving. A Maryland ignition interlock is a device that is installed in your vehicle that you drive on a regular basis. In other words, to participate in the program, if you are going to drive a vehicle, and that vehicle is not exempted by a work exemption, then you must have an ignition interlock installed. The ignition interlock is a device that connects to your motor vehicles ignition system and to a breath analyzer that measures your breath alcohol level and will prevent the vehicle from starting if your breath exceeds that alcohol level that is set for the device. After the vehicle starts, random tests will occur while you are operating the vehicle. The costs for an ignition interlock in Maryland can range from $100.00 -$250.00 to have the device installed and a monthly service fee of $25.00 – $50.00. The approved ignition interlock providers in Maryland are: Draeger Interlock 1-800-332-6858 National Interlock 1-800-374-5760 Smart Start Interlock 1-800-880-3394 Alcohol Detection Systems 1-800-786-7394 Guardian Interlock 1-800-499-0994 Other than a DUI or DWI stop, the MVA may require a driver to participate in the program if they have accumulated sufficient points, a repeat offender, or violates a previously imposed alcohol-related driving restriction.