Ignition Interlock Devices

Interlock Devices to have Cameras

The Ignition Interlock Department of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will be requiring that real time violation devices be installed later this year. These devices are capable of real time reporting of violations to the RMV by using a cellular modem. The devices also record and can report location data and speed by using Global Positioning Sensor (GPS) Technology. Devices approved for use in Massachusetts are manufactured by service providers such as Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc., Smart Start, Inc.,…

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New York Ignition Interlock Requirements

The New York Ignition Interlock Device Law, known as “Leandra’s Law,” became effective on August 15, 2010. This followed the interlock requirements of Melanie’s Law in Massachusetts, which became effective on January 1, 2006. Leandra’s Law, like Melanie’s Law, was enacted to enhance public safety by increasing the penalties for drunk driving. The NY IID Law requires anyone convicted of misdemeanor or felony DWI offenses under New York VTL §1192(2), (2-a) or (3), install and maintain an approved ignition interlock…

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Reasons for Failed Rolling Re-Tests in Massachusetts

Iignition Interlock Devices are not scientific test instruments and unlike breathalyzers, they do not use infrared spectrometry to determine breath alcohol levels. Instead, ignition interlock devices use less reliable fuel cell technology. Therefore, ignition interlock devices are susceptible to false positive alcohol readings and rolling re-test violations. Baked goods which are prepared with vanilla extract and French Vanilla flavored coffee have been known to cause false alcohol readings. Likewise mouthwashes and toothpastes containing alcohols have also caused high alcohol readings…

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Ignition Interlock Device Requirements in Massachusetts

Melanie’s Law requires a driver whose license was suspended due to a drug or alcohol program assignment or an OUI conviction to install an IID if his driving history included a prior assignment or conviction at the time he or she applied for reinstatement. When someone who has had his driver’s license suspended for an OUI conviction, or an assignment to an alcohol education program, applies for a new license or to have his license or right to operate restored,…

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Ignition Interlock – Question & Answer

I was arrested twice for a dui within a few months of each other a couple years ago. My lawyer was able to get them to do a CWOF and treat it as a first offense. I am now just trying to get my license and when I went to the RMV they told me that I needed an interlock device. The RMV explicitly states that in order to have an interlock device you must have “two convictions of a…

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Missed Interlock Service Visits

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles can impose severe penalties for missing Ignition Interlock Device Service Visits. Two missed Service visits can result in a 10 year license revocation and all IID users should be aware of this. A “service visit” is a mandatory visit by the Ignition Interlock program participant to the local representative of his or her authorized IID service provider so that the customer can have his or her device inspected, monitored, downloaded, calibrated, and otherwise maintained.…

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Driving without the Interlock Device

G.L. c. 90 § 24S makes it a felony criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle that was not equipped with a certified functioning ignition interlock device while the operator’s license has the “Z” ignition interlock restriction. Upon conviction, this crime carries a minimum mandatory 150-day jail sentence and a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in state prison. In addition to a potential felony conviction and incarceration, operating without an IID will result in a 10-year license revocation.…

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Missed Rolling Re-Test Violations

In order to confirm that an intoxicated driver did not solicit a sober individual to blow into the Ignition Interlock Device, to allow the driver to operate under the influence of alcohol, the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) will require periodic breath samples while the vehicle’s engine is running. These are called “rolling re-tests.” If a driver misses a pre-determined number of these rolling re-tests, his or her IID will go into lockout mode and it must be downloaded within 48…

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Initial Start Interlock Violations

The Ignition Interlock Department of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is now issuing IID Violation Notices and scheduling violation hearings for initial start violations. This means that if you have two initial start violations during a service period, you may receive a violation notice and be called in for a hearing regarding a 10-year license revocation. The Massachusetts Ignition Interlock Statute, G.L. c. 90 § 24 ½ states that the Registry may impose a 10 year or lifetime license…

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Interlock Device Tampering

Pursuant to G.L. c. 90 § 24T, it is a felony to interfere with or tamper with a certified ignition interlock device with the intent to disable the device. Tampering with an IID carries a penalty of incarceration in state prison for up to five years and a minimum sentence of 6 months in a house of correction. The Registry of Motor Vehicles defines tampering as an intentional attempt to physically disable or otherwise disconnect the Ignition Interlock Device from…

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