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What those with ignition interlock devices need to know

Connecticut, like other states, requires people to have an ignition interlock device on their vehicles once they get their driver's license reinstated after a suspension for specific violations. Under Connecticut law, an IDD is required for people who have been convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, vehicular assault or vehicular manslaughter. It also is required for people who have refused to submit to a chemical alcohol test after an arrest.

Connecticut courts, the DMV and law enforcement officers take the IID program very seriously. Any form of non-compliance can result in another license suspension and possibly other penalties, including an extension of the time the IID is required. Non-compliance includes:

-- Letting someone else blow into the device

-- Removing or tampering with the device

-- Failing to take it in for calibration every 30 days

-- Driving a vehicle without an IID installed

All vehicles owned or driven by a person required to participate in the IID program must have a device installed in them. Drivers are responsible for having the device installed by an approved vendor. They are also responsible for the costs of the IID.

Connecticut residents who have been ordered to have an IID installed in their vehicles should ensure that they are fully aware of all of the responsibilities that having this device entails. Your Connecticut criminal defense attorney can help explain these requirements. He or she can also work to help you if you are alleged to have been non-compliant with the rules of the IID program.

Source: Department of Motor Vehicles, "Ignition Interlock Device Program," accessed Sep. 17, 2015

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