After certain DUI violations, the state may require you to install a Florida ignition interlock device in your vehicle for at least one year. There are a number of personal and financial costs that follow a DUI/DWI conviction. So it’s always worth arranging for a designated driver if you’re impaired to drive in any way.
When is a Florida ignition interlock device required?
After a second DUI offense, you’ll have to install a Florida ignition interlock device in your vehicle. The state usually reserves this penalty for repeat or very serious DUI offenses. However, a judge can order it even after a first offense, if the circumstances warrant.
Costs and restrictions of an ignition interlock device
Penalties for a Florida DUI offense include fines, fees, and jail time. To reinstate your license after a DUI offense, you’ll pay higher FR44 Florida insurance premiums for several years. If the state also requires you have an ignition interlock device, those costs include:
- Initial installation fee
- Fuel cost and travel time to the installation facility
- Monthly equipment calibration fee (a 45-minute procedure, by appointment only)
Using a Florida ignition interlock device with every trip in the car is quite restrictive:
- First, you breathe into the device to start the ignition.
- Five minutes later, you breathe into the device again.
- Every thirty minutes after that, you must breathe into the device again.
- Florida HSMV receives data from each of these readings.
For more information, see Ignition Interlock Device Frequently Asked Questions on the Florida HSMV website.
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