Posted on November 1, 2018 in Uncategorized
Many of the costs of being caught driving under the influence are well-known: jail time, losing your license, paying court fines. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device into your car. Did you know that you have to pay to have the device to be installed and recalibrated, adding to the cost of your DUI?
First, here’s how an ignition interlock device works:
Tampering with the device includes:
What does it cost?
You have to pay a company to install an ignition interlock device, pay them to calibrate the machine during the time you are required to have it in your car, and pay them to remove it once you have served your sentence.
While some companies calibrate the machine every month, the state only requires that it be calibrated and inspected by a certified installer every 30 days. If you miss a calibration appointment, your driver’s license will be suspended and the time frame that you have to have the device restarts.
Arizona has 12 approved ignition interlock installers. Prices among them vary but some will install the device at no charge while others charge an installation fee; some will charge a monthly rental of between $75 to $100per month; some offer incentives so that if you pay an entire year’s rent at one time, you get a month free.
Not planning on driving a car while your license is suspended? Doesn’t matter. If you don’t have a vehicle, the ignition interlock requirement will kick in whenever you decide to get a vehicle.