What You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices in NY



    New York law does not take drunk driving incidents lightly. When an individual is convicted of a DWI, they can expect to face severe consequences such as heavy fines, surcharges, jail time, alcohol education courts, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. To learn more about ignition interlock devices in New York, continue reading. Reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been convicted of a DUI in New York. Give our firm a call to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

    What is an ignition interlock device?

    An ignition interlock device is a device that is used to combat drinking and driving incidents. This device is required to be installed in vehicles of individuals who have been charged with a DUI. The ignition interlock device connects to the ignition system of the driver’s vehicle. The device will have a set limit for a BAC. If the device detects a BAC above this limit, the vehicle will not start. The device will also require additional breath tests while the vehicle is in motion to avoid individuals from using another person to start their vehicle. If additional breath tests are not received, the device will make a record of it and issue a warning by setting off an alarm until the driver stops the vehicle.

    How long will an ignition interlock device have to be installed in New York?

    There have been changes made to New York’s state Vehicle and Traffic Law in 2009 when Leandra’s Law was signed. This law was put into place in response to an 11-year old’s death due to a drunk driving accident. The law has strengthened the consequences of drunk driving and requires the following:

    • Drivers must have an ignition interlock restriction added to their driver’s license
    • Drivers sentenced to a DWI after August 15, 2010, must have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle they operate or own

    The court will require a driver who has been convicted under this law to install an ignition interlock device. The driver has ten days to install the device in their car after their sentencing. The device must then remain in the driver’s vehicle for a minimum of one year. This time period is required unless the court states otherwise.

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