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When will Connecticut require install ignition interlock devices?

Traffic laws can be difficult to enforce because many people only obey them when they know there are police officers nearby. Even the installation of automated cameras that photograph for license plates of vehicles that run red lights doesn’t necessarily deter people from making bad decisions at the wheel.

Each state has an obligation to enforce laws in order to maintain and promote public safety, which can be difficult to do with those who willfully break traffic laws. Quite a few people drive faster than is safe given road conditions and their skill level. Others choose to text while driving or get behind the wheel after drinking or using either prohibited drugs or mind-altering prescription medication.

Individuals who have certain driving infractions on their record or who have recently gotten arrested and charged with certain impaired driving offenses may have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) that monitors their blood alcohol levels to continue driving in accordance with Connecticut law.

Who has to install an IID in Connecticut?

As you can probably imagine, individuals charged with alcohol-related driving offenses are primarily the ones subject to IID requirements. Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OUI) is a serious offense that could result in jail time, fines and the loss of licensing for the accused driver. Even when the driver accused of such crimes is eligible to get their license back, they may have to install an IID in order to drive.

People with an OUI conviction aren’t the only ones subject to IID requirements. Those who refuse chemical breath testing during a roadside traffic stop, as well as those accused of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, will likely also have to install an IID. These drivers will have to pay to install an IID and then perform tests every time they drive in order to legally operate a motor vehicle.

 An IID can be a tool to get you back on the road

Many people find it embarrassing or frustratingly expensive to install and maintain an IID in their vehicle but the alternative is going without you driving privileges. However, compliance with IID requirements creates a record of safe and sober driving that will help you get your license back.

Defending against pending impaired driving charges can decrease the likelihood that you will wind up ordered to install an IID.