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Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Penalties for Drinking & Driving in Tampa

Some DUI penalties are done to punish. Others are done to educate and prevent future offenses. One of the penalties designed to help limit habitual repeat offenders is the ignition interlock device (IID). This is basically a cell-phone-sized machine installed into the dashboard of a car. The purpose is simple: to not allow someone to get behind the wheel while drunk.

It accomplishes that by requiring a breath test any time someone starts the vehicle. The threshold for BAL is set at 0.05 percent; if the breath sample is below this threshold, the vehicle will start. If, however, the blood alcohol level of the breath sample is above 0.05 percent, the vehicle will simply sit idly. There are also several safeguards in place to cut down on drivers having a friend provide the breath sample before driving away.

While driving, the device will require several "rolling tests" at random intervals. If a clean sample is provided, there will be no issues. If a sample has too high of BAC, the device will set off an alarm that will not stop until the car is pulled over to a safe area and the engine cut off. Any time a sample is given with too high of a BAC, the event will be recorded and printed out for the proper authorities to look over and deal with accordingly.

In order to use this device, a driver needs to follow these steps:

  • Pay a certified installer to put the IID in their vehicle
  • Agree to have their BAC readings reported to law enforcement
  • Blow into the attached mouthpiece on the device to read their BAL
  • Drive their car, periodically pulling over for BAC checks

If you have questions about the installation of an IID in your vehicle or if you would like to discuss your case with a knowledgeable Tampa DUI defense attorney, contact Thomas & Paulk,

Will I Need to Have an IID Installed?

RIDR Program & IIDs

If you have qualified for the Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism (RIDR) program, you will need to install an IID into your car 60 days after your arraignment. The length of time that the IID must be installed depends on your sanction level as a RIDR program participant.

Depending on sanction level, a RIDR participant must install an IID in their vehicle for the following time periods:

  • Level 1: 3 months after the plea
  • Level 2: 9 months after the plea
  • Level 3: 9 months after the plea

DUI Convictions & IIDs

According to Florida Statutes §316.193, ignition interlock devices are required to be installed in the vehicles of certain individuals who are convicted of a DUI. For someone convicted of a first-time conviction, it may be required if the court ordered. If the BAC was over 0.15 at the time of the arrest or if there was a minor in the car, it will be required for at least six months.

For a second DUI conviction, it will be required for at least a year, unless BAC was over 0.15 percent or if there was a minor in the car. In those cases, it will be installed for at least two years. For a third conviction, it will be required for at least two years. For a fourth or subsequent conviction, it will be required for at least five years with the condition of a hardship license.

In Hillsborough County, the IID vendor which has been selected by the department is Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp. which works with Alcolock products. It is important to note that the installation of an ignition interlock device does not only go into one car—it must go into every single car that is either solely or jointly owned or leased by the convicted. It is also completely user-funded.

How Much Exactly will it Cost?

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) says the defendant will need to pay for the following:

  • Interlock Fee - $12
  • Installation - $75
  • Monthly Monitoring / Calibration - $72.50
  • Refundable Deposit - $100 or Monthly Insurance Charge - $5

If you are unable to afford this, there are certain situations where the court may allow for a portion of your fine to pay for the device.

The installation of an ignition interlock device is only one of the ways that a person's freedoms are imposed on following a DUI conviction. Don't let this happen to you! Our firm offers free case evaluations for Tampa drivers who have been charged with driving under the influence. Contact our Tampa DUI defense attorneys today: (813) 321-7323!

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  • If you're arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you can fight to save your license.
  • A blood alcohol reading of 0.15% or more can warrant an aggravated DUI charge with harsher penalties.
  • Each year, Hillsborough County issues around 4,000 DUI citations. Out of these, more than 3,000 are found guilty.
  • Per Florida's zero-tolerance policy, anyone under the age of 21 who tests positive for any measurable blood alcohol can be charged with DUI.