Your Guide To Arizona Interlock’s
Hidden Fees of the Interlock Industry
If you want to save money, watch out for hidden fees. Some ignition interlock companies advertise a monthly monitoring fee of, say, $69, but when you come in you’ll find that the low fee does not included calibration, so you end up paying top dollar. Other companies will surprise you with a vehicle inspection fee in addition to installation.
You can save money by going with a company that has no extra hidden fees. At Arizona Interlock, pay only the installation and monthly fees that you’re quoted at the beginning. There have never been any extras or hidden fees, and never will. Check our website for discounts as well for 35% off your first month.
Understanding Arizona’s Interlock Laws
6 Month Deferment Eligibility For The Ignition Interlock Program
All Arizona interlock programs have a minimum duration of 12 months however, some participants might be eligible for a 6 month deferment. If your DUI “CITATION”(Not Conviction) was issued on or after January 1 2012 you might be eligible if you meet the following qualifications:
- THE PERSON IS SENTENCED PURSUANT TO SECTION 28-1381 Sub Section I(1st offense Non-Extreme DUI)
- THE PERSON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES AN ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM CONSISTING OF AT LEAST SIXTEEN HOURS PURSUANT TO SECTION 28-1381.
- THE PERSON HAS MAINTAINED A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE ON ALL MOTOR VEHICLES THE PERSON OPERATES AND HAS MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE IGNITION INTERLOCK PROGRAM FOR AT LEAST SIX CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.
- THE PERSON HAS NOT ATTEMPTED TO OPERATE A VEHICLE WITH AN ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION OF 0.08 OR MORE TWO OR MORE TIMES DURING THE PERIOD OF LICENSE RESTRICTION OR LIMITATION.
- AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENSE, THE PERSON WAS NOT INVOLVED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT THAT RESULTED IN PHYSICAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
- ALL NECESSARY COMPLIANCE INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO THE DEPARTMENT BY THE IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE PROVIDER, THE ALCOHOL SCREENING PROGRAM AND THE ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM.
MVD Withholding The Renewal Of Vehicle Registration
If a person is not compliant in equipping their vehicle with an ignition Interlock device the Arizona Department of Transportation will not renew vehicle registration or allow title transfer for that individual until ignition Interlock compliance is met.
Special Ignition Interlock Restricted Drivers License (SIIRDL)
A SIIRDL, allows an individual to travel to and between their residence- place of employment, school, treatment facility, probation officer, healthcare professional and Ignition interlock facility. The Arizona Department of transportation NO LONGER requires an individual to complete a SIIRDL /restricted driving permit “BEFORE” they are deemed eligible for the ignition interlock system. REGARDLESS YOU MUST CHECK WITH THE MVD TO CHECK FOR ELIGIBLITY BEFORE GETTING THE INTERLOCK INSTALLED IN YOUR VEHICLE. Once the ignition interlock system is installed it is imperative to physically go into an MVD office and reinstate your driving privileges with a Restricted Ignition Interlock license. Failure to do so will only prolong the amount of time you will be required to have a interlock equipped.
How An Ignition Interlock Works
When Arizona law mandates use of an interlock following a period of driver license suspension/revocation, you must have one installed by an MVD-authorized company and provide proof of the installation.
MVD uses special forms and procedures to monitor drivers required to have the device installed. You may be issued a replacement driver license containing the words “Ignition Interlock” and mark your record so that law-enforcement officers will be aware of the interlock requirement if you are stopped.
An ignition interlock is a breath-analyzing device slightly larger than a cell phone and is wired to the vehicle’s ignition and installed on the vehicle dashboard. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver first must exhale into the device. If the interlock detects alcohol on the breath, the engine will not start.
At random times after the engine has been started, the device will require the driver to provide another breath sample. If the breath sample isn’t provided, or the sample exceeds a set blood alcohol level, the device will log the event, warn the driver and then start up an alarm (e.g., lights flashing) until the ignition is turned off, or a clean breath sample has been provided.
For safety reasons, the device cannot turn off the car ignition once it has been started.
Interlocks Help to Prevent Drunk Driving
The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety maintains that interlocks, when combined with a comprehensive monitoring and service program, lead to a 40-95 percent reduction in the rate of repeat drunk driving offenses among offenders as long as the device remains on the vehicle.
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