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3 things to know about ignition interlocks in Ohio

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2024 | Drunk Driving

Ignition interlocks are an important tool used in Ohio to help prevent drunk driving. An interlock device requires a breath test for drivers to start their car. These devices disable a vehicle’s ignition if the driver cannot pass the breath test.

When you or a loved one receive a court order for an ignition interlock, there are a few things that you should know.

1. Even first-time convictions can result in ignition interlocks

In Ohio, the state laws permit the court to mandate an ignition interlock for any DUI conviction, even if it is a first offense. DUI convictions beyond a first offense typically require an interlock device. The interlock order typically ranges from a few months to several years. The duration depends upon the offense and the individual’s driving record.

2. The devices require routine calibration

Ignition interlocks in Ohio need calibration every 30-60 days to ensure proper functioning. As part of this calibration, the company downloads the data about the vehicle’s operation. The data provides information on any failed breath tests and can confirm whether the required services have happened. Failing to properly calibrate the device on schedule can lead to extended interlock requirements or even criminal charges.

3. You cannot bypass or tamper with the device

It is against Ohio law to tamper with, bypass or disable an ignition interlock device. The state strictly enforces these laws to prevent intoxicated driving.

Understanding the state’s laws and requirements can help drivers follow their installation orders properly. This reduces your risk of further legal challenges and complications in your case.