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5 things to avoid after installing an IID

On Behalf of | May 12, 2024 | Drunk Driving

If you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and are ordered to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle, you need to be extra careful. Violating the Ignition Interlock Program may get you into more trouble.

The following are five actions that you’ll want to avoid while your IID mandate remains active.

Not installing the device

When the court orders you to install an IID, you should do so immediately. You should also obtain the Maryland driver’s license restricted to the operation only of vehicles equipped with the device. With this license, you are not allowed to operate a vehicle not equipped with an IID, as long as the mandate remains active.

Consuming alcohol-containing foods

The amount of alcohol in some foods can be negligible and, in turn, may not lead to a false positive in an IID test. But still, you should be careful. You don’t want to be stuck in the parking lot of a restaurant because your car won’t start. You should also avoid using an alcohol-based mouthwash or breath spray when you are about to drive.

Trying to beat the device

Despite the prevalence of tips for beating an IID online, you should avoid employing them. Today’s IIDs have advanced features, including cameras – any trick can be spotted easily. Additionally, you will be required to submit to retests in transit.

Tampering/removing the device

If you tamper with or remove your IID, you will be held in violation of the program.

Not appearing for the required monthly monitoring visits

In Maryland, drivers with IIDs are required to appear for a monitoring visit every 30 days. Failure to do so can be unlawful and lead to undesirable consequences.

If you violate the Ignition Interlock Program, you may be required to pay penalties and lose your driver’s license. Ensure you are informed about the program to avoid such outcomes.