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Ignition Interlock Device Now Required for Some Oregon Drivers

Drivers who have committed a DUII after January 1, 2012, and who are participating in Oregon's DUII diversion program are required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) if they wish to drive during the diversion period.

An ignition interlock device prevents a driver from being able to start his vehicle if he fails a breath test. The IID attaches to the dashboard of the driver's vehicle, and the driver must blow into it in order to start his car.

IID Required for DUII Diversion Program

The IID measures whether the driver has been consuming alcohol and will prevent the vehicle from starting if the blood alcohol content of the breath sample exceeds the preset limit. The IID is a new requirement of the DUII diversion program, which previously permitted drivers to drive while on diversion so long as their license was not suspended.

Drivers are also required to install an IID if: 1) you are convicted of a DUII or 2) you are granted a hardship permit during a DUII suspension.

If you are required to have an IID because of a DUII conviction, the requirement lasts for one year beginning at the end of the suspension for a first time offense; two years for a second or subsequent DUII conviction.

If drivers do not obtain an IID as required, this may result in a revocation of driving privileges, revocation of probation or the diversion agreement, or a traffic violation.

You may obtain an IID at one of these Oregon locations: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/docs/IID_Vendor_List.pdf.

The cost of the IID varies. There is often an installation cost, as well as a monthly service charge between $50-$70, and other additional charges.

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