Written by attorney MacDaniel E Reynolds

What is an IID?

An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a device that is wired to your car’s ignition that requires a breath sample prior to starting the ignition. If the IID detects alcohol on your breath, the engine will not start. Additionally, the device requires periodic samples as you drive to be sure that the driver’s breath sample doesn’t exceed a certain limit. The IID will cost about $70/month for monitoring.

As of January 1, 2012, if you enter Diversion, Oregon state law requires that you install an IID in any vehicle that you operate during the one year period in which you have driving privileges. The IID must be installed by a state authorized installer.

In addition, if you are convicted of a DUII in Oregon, you must install an IID during any hardship permit period as well as for a minimum of one to two years after the end of your court supervision period.

Please feel free to call us - the Reynolds Defense Firm has a list of vendors, including an ignition interlock device company (as well as attorneys, insurance agents, treatment providers, etc.) that we’ve developed relationships with and that we trust to do a good job for you. We jokingly call it our “who I would send my mom to” list – if you need anything related to a DUI arrest or conviction, or if you ever need an attorney in a different area of law, we have a trusted referral that can help.

You can also find a list of ignition interlock device companies available in the next link: IDD Installers

Oregon’s DUI laws currently allow anyone to drive a car that you have an interlock installed into. With that said, anyone operating that vehicle will have to use the interlock device in the same way as you.

One warning on this through – some IID companies automatically report a failure of the interlock system to the court or DUI evaluator’s office. This means that even if someone else tried to start your car with alcohol on their breath, you may be required to go to court to defend yourself.

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