Alabama Ignition Interlock Device Laws
An ignition interlock device (IID) requires drivers to administer a breathalyzer test before starting the vehicle. If the IID senses the presence of alcohol, the car will not start. While IIDs are required for drivers who have been convicted of DUI, those who participate in a DUI pre-trial diversion program are currently not required to install one in their vehicle. However, with the introduction of Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 8, this could change.
What You Need to Know About the New Legislation
Ignition interlock devices save countless lives. The state of Mississippi already passed a law requiring the installation of an IID after a first DUI offense, and it was able to stop more than double the number of drunk drivers in 2016 than the state of Alabama. Leaders are advocating for these bills to try to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents each year in the U.S. If the bills pass, drivers facing a first DUI offense will be required to install an IID, even if they complete the pre-trial diversion program.
About Alabama’s DUI Diversion Program
The DUI diversion program in Alabama allows certain offenders to avoid having a mark on their criminal record. It requires them to take substance abuse education classes while being heavily monitored by the court, but it currently does not require the installation of an IID. Only certain defendants are eligible for the pre-trial diversion program.
Understanding the Implications of Alabama’s IID Laws
Defendants will have to bear the cost of installing the IID in their vehicle. It is estimated that IIDs cost around $100 a month to use. The device will ensure you aren’t able to drive if you have been drinking, and the state will monitor your results regularly to detect any attempts at drunk driving.
Dummier Young has represented clients for more than 30 years. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys can help. Call us today at (205) 379-6510 to schedule an initial case evaluation.