Massachusetts Ignition Interlock Device
One method for receiving your driver’s license sooner if you are convicted of operating under the influence in Massachusetts is to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. If you have more than one OUI conviction, you will be required to install this device in your vehicle while applying for a hardship license in order to drive to school, work or medical appointments.
Steps to receiving an ignition interlock device
First, you’ll need to find a local manufacturer to install this device in your vehicle. You must have this installed in your vehicle before you can even apply for your hardship license. You must have a licensed driver transport your vehicle to the Registry of Motor Vehicles as proof that you have installed this in your vehicle.
If you are approved to receive a hardship license, you will need to make an appointment with the manufacturer every 30 days in order for a scheduled maintenance. You will also have to sign an affidavit, which states that you agree to only drive your vehicle with the ignition interlock device. Any licensed driver in your family must also sign an affidavit, which states that they will not allow you to drive vehicles without this device. Your new hardship license will indicate that you are required to have the ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle as part of your driving conditions.
How an ignition interlock device works
This costly machine is portable and hand-held to allow the manufacturer to easily install it in your vehicle. Once installed, this machine is actually connected to your vehicle’s ignition system and will not allow you to start your vehicle until you blow into the machine. If the machine detects alcohol on your breath, guess what…it won’t start.
Once your vehicle starts, you will be required to blow into the machine again while the vehicle is moving. This ensures that once you start driving you cannot start drinking alcohol just because the vehicle has started.
If you drive more than one vehicle, it is your responsibility to have these devices installed (at your cost of course) in every vehicle you plan on driving. If you drive a vehicle without the device, you will be sent to jail.
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